Crown of F1 Calendar Monaco Grand Prix Among 3 Races All Set to be Cancelled for 2021: REPORTS

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January 17, 2021 1:46 am

The 2021 F1 calendar was initially the longest in history, but the circuits are backing out from this season because of the looming threat of Coronavirus. As a result, few circuits that were originally part of the 2021 calendar have backed out.

Recently, the Australian government’s strict quarantine policy forced F1 to reschedule the Australian Grand Prix to November. The season will now kick off in Bahrain towards the end of March.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Grand Prix has also been taken off of the 2021 calendar, making it a 22 race season. According to FIA President, Jean Todt, there are possibilities of more changes before the season begins. Now reports indicate three fan favorite races will be backing out soon.

“The Grand Prix of Monaco (May 23), Azerbaijan (June 6) and Canada (June 13) will, insiders claim, also fall off the calendar, just like last year. Announcement of that news is expected next month,” stated a report.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

F1 season affected by these uncertain times

COVID vaccination programs have kicked off worldwide; however, the pandemic is far from over. The countries are taking more precautions to protect themselves against the following waves of the virus.

The report also stated, “The Monte-Carlo and Baku races are held on street circuits, construction of which begins months in advance.

“In times of great uncertainty, the organizers of these events cannot and do not want to take risks, they must make timely decisions about whether to go ahead.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action as the race restarts Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Canada canceled the race last year in April. The country closed its borders and has been following a strict policy to tackle Coronavirus. Canada might announce the cancellation of this year’s race as well.

F1 has already replaced Australia and China with Imola and Portimao. To ensure a 2020 season, we saw F1 introduce 6 new tracks to the calendar.

There are possible alternatives for canceled venues, such as Turkey (Istanbul Park), Italy (Mugello), and Germany (Nurburgring).

FIA responds to ‘canceled races’ reports

A spokesperson for the FIA refuted the reports of the street circuits being binned. According to Motorsport, the spokesperson said (translated by Google), “It is not true that street races will be canceled.”

The FIA’s remarks would certainly put the minds of F1 fans at rest. Hopefully, we won’t have to lose out on any races this coming season and will get to enjoy a competitive F1 season a couple of months down the line.

 

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Ayush Manjunath

Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 contributor at EssentiallySports, based in Bengaluru. He is an intense lover of Formula 1, Ayrton Senna, Max Verstappen, and George Russell, and has previously worked as an athlete agent. He is a law graduate and is currently enrolled in a Sports Management Program at GISB, Mumbai. 2019 was quite an eventful year for Ayush, as he completed a program in Sports, Media and Entertainment Management at UCLA, won a national moot court competition, and judgement national writing competition.

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