Australian GP canceled for 2nd succeeding year

Australian GP canceled for second successive year

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Teammate Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport chauffeur Valtteri Bottas (77) of Finland puts champagne on the head of Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport chauffeur Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain after clinching the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship following the F1 – U.S. Grand Prix race at Circuit of The Americas on November 3, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

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Formula 1’s Australian Grand Prix has actually been cancelled for the 2nd year in a row due to “restrictions and logistical challenges” associated to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have actually revealed.

The Grand Prix was because of be held at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne from November 18-21 after being moved from its typical date in March, due to a modification in quarantine limitations in the state of Victoria.

However, on Tuesday organizers revealed that the occasion had actually been cancelled for the 2nd succeeding season, with the 2020 occasion likewise cancelled after a McLaren employee contracted coronavirus soon prior to the race.

“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) in conjunction with the Victorian Government and Formula 1 today announced the 2021 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled due to restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” checked out a declaration.

“AGPC will continue to work with Formula 1 and the Victorian Government regarding the 2022 calendar timings for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix event.”

The Australian MotoGP, due to be kept in Phillip Island from October 22-24, has actually likewise been cancelled, with the Malaysian occasion advanced by a week to change it in the calendar.

“We’re deeply disappointed that for a second consecutive year, both MotoGP and Formula 1 fans won’t be able to see the world’s best riders and drivers compete at the wonderful Phillip Island and Albert Park Grand Prix Circuits,” stated AGPC chairman Paul Little.

“We value the obstacle Australia confronts with present worldwide travel limitations and the value of vaccinations.

“I want to assure our inspired and expert personnel, providers and partners, in addition to the Victorian tourist and significant occasions neighborhood that we will work relentlessly to provide these renowned occasions in 2022.”

Formula 1 president Stefano Domenicali included: “While it is frustrating we will not be racing in Australia this season, we are positive we can provide a 23 race season in 2021 and we have a variety of alternatives to take forward to change the location left uninhabited by the Australian Grand Prix.

“We will be working through the details of those options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once those discussions are concluded.”

McLaren’s Australian chauffeur Daniel Ricciardo included: “It’s a big dissatisfaction for all of the chauffeurs that we will not be boiling down to Australia in November, however we comprehend the factors.

“For me personally, I can’t wait to have the opportunity to race in your home once again, and it’ll be even sweeter when we do due to the fact that it’s been so long.

“Fingers crossed things can change for 2022 and we get to see the awesome fans at Albert Park again and put on a good show for them.”