The Australian Grand Prix is usually the opening race for the new Formula 1 season, but it was postponed until November this year in an attempt to ensure that it would go ahead – which ultimately proved to be unsuccessful.
The Australian Grand Prix has been charged for the second year in a row due to “constraints and logistical challenges” in the middle of coronavirus pandemic.
The play in Melbourne was canceled in March 2020 shortly before the opening rehearsal sessions were to take place.
The Australian GP is usually the opening race for the new Formula 1 season, but it was postponed until November this year in an attempt to ensure it would continue.
Those hopes were shattered by a statement released Tuesday morning confirming that the event – which was to be the third final race of the season – has been canceled.
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The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) in conjunction with the Victorian Government and Formula 1 announced today that the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in 2021 has been canceled due to constraints and logistical challenges associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic , “read the statement.
“The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in 2021 was to be held at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit from 18-21 November.
“Tickets for the event were not sold.
“The AGPC will continue to work on Formula One and the Victorian Government regarding the calendar hours in 2022 for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix event. ”
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Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little added: “We are deeply disappointed that for the second year in a row, both MotoGP and Formula 1 fans will not be able to see the world’s best drivers compete on the wonderful Phillip Island and Albert Park. Grand Prix circuit.
“We appreciate the challenge Australia is facing with the current international travel restrictions and the importance of vaccinations.
“I would like to assure our motivated and professional staff, suppliers and partners, as well as the Victorian tourist and major event community, that we will work tirelessly to deliver these iconic events in 2022.”
Australian star Daniel Ricciardo, who is currently driving for McLaren, said it was a “big disappointment” not to drive in front of his home crowd for the second year in a row, but he says he “understands the reasons” why the decision is taken.
He added: “For me personally, I can not wait to get the chance to drive home again and it will be even sweeter when we do it because it has been so long.
“Fingers crossed things may change in 2022 and we get to see the amazing fans at Albert Park again and present a great show to them.”
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Meanwhile, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said he was “convinced” there will be a 23-race season in 21, saying: “We have a number of options to take forward to replace the place that is available for the Australian Grand Prix.
“We will work through the details of these options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once these discussions are completed.”