The Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
The federal government recently announced a halving of the number of international arrivals permitted in the country, which presented a significant obstacle to the race going ahead. Moto GP’s race at the Phillip Island circuit in October has also been cancelled.
F1’s rescheduled race was due to be the 21st round on its calendar. Formula 1 said in a statement it intends to arrange a replacement.
“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 the championship.
“We will be working through the details of those options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once those discussions are concluded.”
Last year’s Australian Grand Prix was cancelled after the teams arrived at the circuit, following the discovery of a case of Covid-19 within the paddock. The outbreak of the pandemic triggered the cancellation of a swathe of races and the extension reorganisation of the 2020 world championship.
This year’s race was due to be the first on a revised version of the Albert Park circuit.
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