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Canadian GP replaced on 2021 calendar by Turkish GP due to travel restrictions

The Canadian Grand Prix has been cancelled for a second year in a row due to COVID-19, with the June slot replaced by Turkey.

Canadian GP replaced on 2021 calendar by Turkish GP due travel restrictions

Formula 1 have said that international travel restrictions in Canada have led to the decision, as it has become impossible to enter the country without a mandatory 14-day quarantine.


Instead, the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park will take over the June 11-13 slot, who were first added to last-years calendar following a nine-year absence from the sport.


"While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a Grand Prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season," said F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali.


"I know all our fans are excited by the dramatic start to the season and Turkey is a great circuit that delivers great battles on the track."


Canada's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of the sport's most popular races and the F1 have moved to announce a two-year contract extension on its deal, which will now run until 2031.


"I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible," said Domenicali.


"I equally want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for their ongoing willingness to host a Formula 1 race that shows the huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a Grand Prix."




Author: Jake Wilkin