Canada’s strict COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine measures for people arriving into the country had created a doubt about whether the Canadian Grand Prix would take place.
Following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the race had been set to form a back-to-back flyaway double-header. This makes it impossible for F1 personnel to undergo the mandatory 14-day isolation and be ready for the race in Baku.
It has therefore been confirmed by F1 that Turkey will replace Canada.
“While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a Grand Prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season,” said F1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali.
“I know all our fans are excited by the dramatic start to the season and Turkey is a great circuit that delivers great battles on the track.
“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible. I equally want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for their ongoing willingness to host a Formula 1 race that shows the huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a Grand Prix.
“We have had very good conversations will all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period.”
Initially, there were reports in the Canadian media that the race was set to be cancelled. However, the official news was announced on Wednesday, just before the Portuguese Grand Prix.
This is the second time in two years that the Canadian GP has been cancelled due to the pandemic. They had the last race in Montreal back in 2019.
The news of Canadian GP’s cancellation was however followed by some great news.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which was sent to host races till the 2029 F1 season, has extended its contract till 2031.
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