FORMULA ONE chiefs face a logistical headache after the Singapore Grand Prix was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.
The race was due to take place on the weekend of October 1-3 but local authorities say it would not be possible due to immigration fears.
The Singapore Grand Prix this year has been axed due to Covid travel complicationsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
It is the third race to be cancelled altogether after the Canadian and Turkish GPs were also scrapped while the dates for the Chinese GP were never confirmed.
A spokesperson for the Singapore GP said: “We continue to work with all promoters during this fluid time and have plenty of options to adapt if needed.”
F1 bosses are keen to deliver a record-breaking 23-race season and have plugged one gap by hosting two races in Austria.
An option to supplement the loss of the Singapore GP could be to have two races in Austin Texas, or to resurrect the Turkish GP later in the year.
Another option would be to reinstall the Chinese GP, which was shifted back from its initial date in April.
However, there are also concerns that like Singapore, local authorities could prevent the arrival of F1 personnel in Australia, while covid cases in Brazil could also put the Sao Paulo race in jeopardy.
Mr Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd said: “We understand that our fans were looking forward to another edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
“To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore.
“We would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come to expect over the years, while safeguarding the health and safety of our fans, contractors, volunteers and staff.”
Singapore has implemented tight border controls and managed to keep Covid infections fairly low.
Mr Syn added: “Ultimately, we have to be responsible, cautious and prudent as safety is our number one concern.
“We are grateful for the support of Singaporeans, stakeholders and local businesses who have helped contribute to the success of the night race. Needless to say, we look forward to the safe return of Formula 1 racing against the spectacular Marina Bay skyline.”
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Australia has also been strict on international arrivals and quarantine periods in hotels.
Last year’s 17-race season took place almost exclusively in Europe with the final three races in the Middle East.
This year’s schedule began in Bahrain before heading to Europe for races in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Monaco.
The teams and drivers are in Azerbaijan this weekend after their race around the streets of Baku last year was cancelled.
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