Why Was Singapore Grand Prix Canceled?

Published 06/04/2021, 3:56 PM EDT
SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 15: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a constant issue for the Formula One organizing committee. The Chinese Grand Prix was scheduled for 11th April.

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However, the occasion was deferred because of travel restrictions related to the pandemic. The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola was held in its place. The race was initially planned to be a one-time Grand Prix in 2020.

Moreover, the Australian Grand Prix, that scheduled for 21st March, was delayed to 21st November on account of the pandemic. On 28th April 2021, the Canadian Grand Prix was dropped from the calendar.

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The race has been canceled for a second subsequent year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been replaced by the Turkish Grand Prix. Turkish Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 2020.

The French Grand Prix has been pushed ahead a week and the Styrian Grand Prix was added to the schedule in its place. The dates for the São Paulo, Saudi Arabian, and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix have also been adjusted as a result.

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Singapore Grand Prix canceled

The Singapore Grand Prix has been canceled. It is the second consecutive year the street race has been canceled.

F1 and the Singapore Grand Prix organizers said it won’t be feasible to hold the event. It is with regards to travel restrictions in the city.

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China or the second race at Austin, USA, are few options with the Liberty Media to be considered as the substitutes for Singapore Grand Prix.

“We understand that our fans were looking forward to another edition of the Singapore Grand Prix,” said Colin Syn, deputy chairman of the race.

“To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore.

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“We would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come to expect over the years while safeguarding the health and safety of our fans, contractors, volunteers, and staff.”

Formula One also faces a tough challenge with the Dutch organizers. It is required that all functioning staff going to the race at Zandvoort in September should be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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