F1: Turkish Grand Prix 2021 cancelled and replaced
Two weeks after it was added to the Formula 1 calendar, the Turkish Grand Prix has now been cancelled.
Turkey was added to the F1 schedule on 11-13 June to replace the Canadian Grand Prix – which was cancelled due to travel restrictions in Canada.
But the UK has put Turkey on its red list of countries that you cannot travel to due to it being a high-risk country, leading to Turkey becoming unworkable.
Instead, the Styrian Grand Prix will run at the Red Bull Ring on 25-27 June. It was originally the date for the French Grand Prix – which has been moved to 18-20 June.
The moves will mean there will be races on three consecutive weekend – the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, followed by the Styrian Grand Prix and then the Austrian Grand Prix, both at the same track.
F1 president Stefano Domenicali said: “We were all looking forward to racing in Turkey but the travel restrictions in place have meant we are not able to be there in June.
“F1 has shown again that it is able to react quickly to developments and find solutions and we are delighted that we will have a double header in Austria, meaning our season remains at 23 races.”
Teams are already finding the combination of a record 23-race planned schedule and the restrictions on movement imposed on personnel when they return to the UK exhausting.
Some senior figures believe that there is no need to keep the number of races so high, when the sport has never had a season this long before.
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