Formula 1 has confirmed all of its originally scheduled races in North and South America this year have been cancelled as a result of the global pandemic.Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and was postponed. It has now been cancelled along with the US round at the Circuit of the Americas (25th October), Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (November 1st) and Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos (November 15th).
“After ongoing discussions and close collaboration with our partners we can also confirm that due to the fluid
nature of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities
and our colleagues safe, it will not be possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this season,” said F1 in a statement.
The USA and Brazil are the two countries which have seen the highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world, with more than four million and two million respectively. Both are also reporting over 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 per day.
Formula 1 has now cancelled a total of 11 races as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as the four races in the Americas, races have also been called off in Australia, the Netherlands, Monaco, Azerbaijan, France, Singapore and Japan.
The championship today announced three further races in Europe to take place in October in November, taking the place of some of the cancelled races in the Americas.
“We want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world,” said Formula 1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey.
The president of the Canadian Grand Prix, Francois Dumontier, said: “Though it is disappointing and difficult for us to face this conclusion it is a decision we must accept.
“The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, partners, and of our faithful fans are and always will be our top priority.”
The Mexican Grand Prix organisers described their event as being “postponed due to force majeure” and said those who bought tickets for this year’s event will be able to use them to attend the rescheduled raced in 2021.
Federico Gonzalez Compean, managing director of the Formula 1 Mexico City Grand Prix, said: “We remain committed to ensuring the safest experience for all attendees. For this reason, we’ve collectively decided to postpone the date of our race.
“We are confident that this decision will allow us to continue to offer our fans the best and safest live sports experience in the world. We will continue to work in order to welcome all of you in 2021, so we can celebrate our ‘F1esta’ together.”
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