2021 Australian Grand Prix cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

2021 Australian Grand Prix cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

For the second year in a row, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been called off due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

The Covid-19 pandemic has struck another circuit off the 2021 F1 calendar. With the Australian Grand Prix, slated for 18-21 November, cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

It is believed a compromise surrounding Australia’s strict two-week quarantine could not be met. With negotiations breaking down between F1 and the Victorian Government.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation released an official statement Tuesday afternoon (AEST) confirming the cancellation:

“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.

“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.”

Usually the F1 season opener, the Australian Grand Prix was moved from Round 1 this year, with the Bahrain Grand Prix taking its place. It was hoped the November date would provide enough time for Covid-19 to settle in Australia and around the world, with the need to quarantine no longer an issue.

However, as long as quarantine in Australia remains in place, the chances of large scale international sports taking place is drastically small.

Formula 1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, shared his disappointment surrounding the cancellation. But was quick to state they have replacement tracks on standby, with an announcement scheduled in the coming weeks.

“While it is disappointing we won’t be racing in Australia this season, we are confident we can deliver a 23 race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to take forward to replace the place left vacant by the Australian Grand Prix,” said Domenicali, “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 driver Daniel Ricciardo’s hopes for a home visit to Australia have also been dashed with Tuesday’s announcement. Ricciardo has been unable to step foot on Australian shores for some time.

November’s Australian Grand Prix would have provided him with the opportunity to meet up with family. As well as racing in front of fans in his new McLaren colours.

“It’s a huge disappointment for all of the drivers that we won’t be coming down to Australia in November, but we understand the reasons,” Ricciardo said.

“For me personally, I can’t wait to have the chance to race at home again, and it’ll be even sweeter when we do because 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.”