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F1 cancels Japanese Grand Prix amid rising Covid-19 cases

Race called off for second year in a row...

Formula One has announced that the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation in the country. Scheduled for October 10, the race was set to be the 17th round of the 2021 season.

A statement from Formula One read: ‘Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country. ‘Formula One is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks. ‘Formula One has proven this year, and in 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and is excited by the level of interest from locations to host Formula One events this year and beyond.’

Due to the pandemic, the series has been forced to reshuffle its calendar several times this season. Races in Australia, China, Canada and Singapore have been cancelled, whilst the Turkish Grand Prix was initially scrapped before being reinstated for later in the year.

The 2021 campaign continues with the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29.

Author: Paula Holguin