As anticipated, because of the persevering with uncertainty over COVID, and the continued journey restrictions, F1 has needed to revise the 2021 schedule.
Following discussions with the promoter in Turkey and related stakeholders, it is not going to be potential to have the race in Turkey between eleventh – thirteenth June.
The promoter has requested that F1 appears on the potential alternative for the race to be rescheduled later within the season if potential, alongside China who made the identical request earlier this 12 months.
There’ll now be two races in Austria, again to again, with the primary race, the Styrian Grand Prix, going down on Twenty fifth-Twenty seventh June and the Austrian Grand Prix going down on its unique date on 2nd – 4th July.
Because of this alteration the French Grand Prix will transfer one week earlier to 18th – twentieth June, with all tickets for the occasion legitimate for the sooner date. Which means there continues to be 23 deliberate races for the 2021 season.
The rearrangement implies that, regardless of earlier warnings from the groups by way of the logistical stress imposed, the season options one more triple-header.
“We’re grateful to the Turkish promoter for his or her help in current days and the popularity that the present journey state of affairs made the race in June unimaginable,” stated Formulation One Administration. “We’re equally grateful to the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur area and French Grand Prix promoter for his or her flexibility, and the Austrian promoter for his or her enthusiasm to host a second race at quick discover following the large success of the 2 races in Austria in 2020.
“The present COVID-19 state of affairs stays fluid and we’ll proceed to observe the state of affairs with the promoters and groups, however Formulation 1 has once more proven it is ready to cope with these challenges and adapt swiftly to scale back the affect on the season. We’re additionally delighted that we’re starting to see followers returning to our races with as much as 40% capability in Monaco subsequent weekend.
“The Formulation 1 group will proceed to journey this season with stringent security measures that allowed us to journey safely to 12 nations and ship 17 races in 2020. The measures have confirmed to be extremely efficient with over 78,000 COVID-19 checks performed final season returning solely 78 optimistic outcomes, a price of 0.1%. To date this season we have now performed 17,000 checks with 15 optimistic instances, once more a price of 0.1%. That is alongside the vaccines that plenty of groups have already acquired and the great rollout of the vaccine within the UK the place seven of the ten groups are based mostly. We are going to proceed to function in a method that protects the security of our personnel and the communities we go to.”
“We have been all wanting ahead to racing in Turkey however the journey restrictions in place have meant we aren’t capable of be there in June,” stated Stefano Domenicali. “Formulation 1 has proven once more that it is ready to react shortly to developments and discover options and we’re delighted that we are going to have a double header in Austria that means our season stays at 23 races.
“I need to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for all of their efforts in current weeks and need to thank the promoters in France and Austria for his or her velocity, flexibility and enthusiasm in accommodating this resolution. We’ve had superb conversations will all the opposite promoters for the reason that begin of the 12 months and proceed to work carefully with them throughout this era.”