The Australian Grand Prix is unlikely to return to its regular place as the season-opening race on the 2022 F1 calendar after the event was cancelled for the second year in a row.
Covid-19 has thwarted efforts to hold this year’s race. Originally scheduled to open the championship on march 21st, it was then postponed by eight months due to the pandemic. Yesterday the government of the Victoria region confirmed this year’s race had been called off, leaving the 21st round on the schedule vacant.
While the event promoters are targeting a return to the calendar next year, the government’s sports minister Martin Pakula does not expect it will open the 2022 F1 season.
“It’s unlikely to be the first race next year but, frankly, that probably suits us,” said Pakula, according to the Australian Associated Press.
The Bahrain International Circuit, which took over as the first round of this year’s championship, is considered the most likely alternative venue for the opening grand prix of 2022.
Extensive changes have been made to the Albert Park circuit, including the removal of the chicane at turns nine and ten, for F1’s eventual return.
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