Also this year the Formula 1 calendar will have to give up the Australian GP. The organizers of the Melbourne event, after having agreed with the leaders of the championship to move the race from March to November, have now announced that they have been forced to raise the white flag.
The organizers tried to reach an agreement with the health authorities to try to find a way to get Formula 1 personnel to Australia despite the strict bans. It was also thought of creating a biosphere for the Albert Park race, but the idea soon faded.
Australian authorities have virtually closed the nation’s borders due to the highly transmissible new Delta variant of COVID-19.
“We are aware that this is not the news that Formula 1 fans wanted to hear,” said AGPC CEO Andrew Westacott.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the government, Formula 1 and Dorna Sports for their unwavering resilience and support during this difficult time, and for their unwavering commitment to these two great events.”
“There will certainly be challenges underway with COVID-19, but I want to reassure fans that, despite the sadness and disappointment, among our wonderful staff there is a tenacity and determination to make sure that the next MotoGP events and Formula 1 cars in the new Albert Park layout are sensational showcases “.
Stefano Domenicali also wanted to comment on the news, underlining how the managers of Formula 1 will soon find an alternative to maintain the 23-race calendar.
“While it is disappointing to know that we will not be racing in Australia this season, we are confident that we can offer a 23-race championship in 2021 and we have a number of options to pursue to replace the seat vacated by the Grand Prix. of Australia “.
“We will be evaluating the details of the various options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once these discussions are concluded.”
The full names are now opening to understand which circuit will take the place of Albert Park in Melbourne and an ideal solution would be to take advantage of the alternative Bahrain track already used last season.
While waiting to understand what F1 will decide, we will also have to keep an eye on the situation in Japan, Mexico and Brazil. These three rounds also risk seeing the scheduled grand prix canceled.