WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo’s Heartfelt Message to F1 Fans Following the Cancellation of Australian GP

Published 07/06/2021, 7:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


The much-awaited Australian Grand Prix has yet again been dropped from the racing calendar because of restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The race at the Albert Park street circuit was scheduled in November as the third last round of the season but has been canceled for the second successive year. So, Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo, shared his disappointment following the cancellation of the Australian GP.

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Daniel Ricciardo is “gutted” following Australia’s cancellation

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The Australian hadn’t had the best of starts with his new team this season. He is struggling to find his feet in McLaren. And things have gone from bad to worse for Ricciardo following the cancellation of the Australian GP.

“I normally smile but it’s hard, obviously. I’m really, really gutted we’re not coming home to Oz this year,” said Daniel, dejectedly.

“It hurts we haven’t been there now for two years. So we get to look forward and hope that 2022 works out and we can get home. Hopefully, everyone stays well, stays healthy, and yeah it’s heartbreaking, but hopefully, we can see you all soon.”

The Honey Badger’s best result at Australian GP remains the two P4 finishes in 2016 and 2018 while driving for Red Bull and Renault, respectively.

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“We’re deeply disappointed that for a second consecutive year, both MotoGP and Formula 1 fans won’t be able to see the world’s best riders and drivers compete at the wonderful Phillip Island and Albert Park Grand Prix Circuits.” said the Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Paul Little.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner.

“We appreciate the challenge Australia faces with current international travel restrictions and the importance of vaccinations.”

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Australian GP is not the first Grand Prix to be removed from the current racing calendar. Chinese Grand Prix was canceled before the first race of the season and later Canada and Singapore GP added their name to the list.

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It will be an uphill task for Formula 1 to organize all 23 race weekends this season if any more countries get adversely affected by the COVID-19.

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