Formula One on Friday canceled the Singapore Grand Prix for the second yr in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The road course race in Singapore beneath floodlights had been scheduled for Oct. 3.
Singapore has largely relied on tight entry restrictions and get in touch with tracing to maintain infections low throughout the pandemic. Organizers stated they’d not find a way to ship “a full occasion expertise followers have come to anticipate over time, whereas safeguarding the well being and security of our followers, contractors, volunteers and workers.”
“We understand that our fans were looking forward to another edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix,” stated Colin Syn, deputy chairman of the Singapore GP. “To cancel the occasion for a second yr is an extremely troublesome resolution, however a mandatory one in mild of the prevailing restrictions for dwell occasions in Singapore.
The pandemic has already brought on quite a few adjustments to the 2021 calendar. The season-opener in Australia was postponed from March to November and the Canadian Grand Prix set for June 13 was canceled. Two different races in China and Turkey have been postponed indefinitely.
As hypothesis mounted earlier Friday about Singapore’s imminent removing from the schedule, reviews indicated F1 may schedule a second occasion within the United States this season. The collection is scheduled to race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 24.
The 2021 Singapore Grand Prix was scheduled to race Oct. 3 between the Russian and Japanese grand prix. The present schedule has a two-week window between the Oct. 10 race in Japan and the Oct. 24 race in Austin. After the Texas race, F1 travels to Mexico City the next week.
COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein instructed The Associated Press discussions of a second race within the U.S., or a second race at COTA, are “paddock rumors.”
Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted F1 from 2000 to 2007 and new monitor proprietor Roger Penske desires the collection again on the speedway. Penske instructed AP “we’re not in any place for the time being” to host F1 in 2021.
Indianapolis final weekend hosted 135,000 spectators for the Indianapolis 500 for the most important sporting occasion on the planet because the begin of the pandemic.
In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Formula One held consecutive races at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, Silverstone in England and the Bahrain International Circuit. In every case, the season calendar was organized to enable two weeks at every monitor.