The 2021 Japanese Components One Grand Prix, scheduled to be held in October, has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers stated on Wednesday.
The cancellation of the race, scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 8-10 on the Suzuka circuit, follows the abandonment of Singapore’s Oct. 1-3 evening race.
“Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the choice has been taken by the Japanese authorities to cancel the race this season resulting from ongoing complexities of the pandemic within the nation,” Components One stated in an announcement.
“Components 1 is now engaged on the small print of the revised calendar and can announce the ultimate particulars within the coming weeks.
“Components 1 has confirmed this 12 months, and in 2020, that we are able to adapt and discover options to the continuing uncertainties and is happy by the extent of curiosity in areas to host Components 1 occasions this 12 months and past.”
Japan not too long ago hosted the Olympic Video games in Tokyo with out the presence of spectators, whereas the Paralympic competitions, scheduled from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, may also be held with out followers in attendance.
Components One is working underneath strict well being protocols, with groups in “bubbles” and frequent testing for COVID-19 of all personnel and media.
The cancellation of the Suzuka race may spell bother for the Turkish Grand Prix which was added to the calendar as a alternative for Singapore’s cancelled race.
The race on the Istanbul Park circuit was slotted in per week earlier than Suzuka and one week after the Russian spherical in Sochi however there might be extra reshuffle to the calendar.
Turkey is on the British authorities’s “pink record” of nations which require 10 days of resort quarantine for returning travellers. By staying in Japan for a couple of additional days, Components One may have bypassed that quarantine requirement.
“Components One has confirmed this 12 months, and in 2020, that we are able to adapt and discover options to the continuing uncertainties and is happy by the extent of curiosity in areas to host Components One occasions this 12 months and past,” the governing physique stated.