Huge Setback for F1 Fans in America With Recent United States Grand Prix Development

Published 08/31/2021, 11:34 AM EDT
Manor Marussia Formula One driver Alexander Rossi of the United States drives during qualifying for the U.S. F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone


F1 has reduced its original plan to host 23 races to now hosting 22 races after the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix. But it looks that the sport might find it hard to complete 22 races too, as US Grand Prix is now in doubt.

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European Union has recently announced that it had removed the USA from its safe zone list due to rising covid cases. This is massive news for the sport as most of the F1 teams are based out of UK and Europe.

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This news could have massive implications, as F1 was planning to host not one but two races in the States. But the removal could mean that the sport might skip the race in Austin for the second year in a row.

Musician Simon Patterson took to social media to express his disappointment over the news. He stated he was looking forward to the race and booked his tickets as well.

“Booked my flights to Austin this morning…” wrote Patterson.

Although Formula One has announced nothing regarding the cancellation of the race. They are hoping to conduct the race in Austin as planned from 22 to 24 October.

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At the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, F1 announced it had reduced its 23 races calendar to 22. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali in a statement thanked the organizers for their patience as the sport is trying to work out the details.

“The pandemic continues to present the season with challenges but we have proven we can adapt and we are confident we can deliver a record-breaking 22 races this year despite a global pandemic.

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MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 01: Former Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali talks in the Ferrari garage during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

I want to thank the promoters in Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey for their patience and flexibility and we will provide the details of the final addition soon.

This season is proving to be an incredible battle on the track and this is hugely exciting for our fans around the world and we look forward to the intensity continuing in the races ahead.” said Stefano.

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It has been speculated that Qatar might join the calendar to fill the vacant November slot. But with the USA up in the air, there might be an opening for another race in the middle east.

Will the US GP take place? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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