For the second year in a row, the Australian Grand Prix has been canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The MotoGP world championship round in Australia, planned for October 24, has also been canceled.
The Formula One race was scheduled for November 19-21, however, it was canceled due to stringent border controls in Australia.
In a statement, Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little expressed his “sad disappointment.”
“We recognize the difficulties Australia experiences as a result of current international travel restrictions and the need for vaccinations,” he said.
The Australian Grand Prix was canceled in 2020 and replaced with a date of 14 March to kick off the current season, only to be relocated to November due to border constraints.
Its November event was the first of two in the F1 season, with Saudi Arabia and the season-ending Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.
However, Australian border rules compel travelers to stay in quarantine for 14 days, a need that is expected to last until the end of the year.
The event was ultimately canceled because of “restrictions and logistical obstacles connected to the current Covid-19 outbreak,” according to the organizers.
Chief of Formula 1 Stefano Domenicali said that, despite the cancelation, 23 races would still be possible.
“While it is disappointing that this season we’re not going to race in Australia, we trust that we’ll have 23 race seasons in 2021 and we’ve got several options,” he said.
The news is a “subjectivity” for drivers, McLaren’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo says but adds “the reasons.”
“I can’t wait to be able to race at home for me personally and when we do it, it’ll be even sweeter, as long has been it,” Ricciardo added. “Fingers crossed can make a difference in 2022, and we can see the great fans once more in Albert Park.
For the second year in a row, the MotoGP World Championship in Australia, scheduled for Phillip Island, was also abolished.”
The ongoing pandemic and consequent travel complications and logistical constraints mean that the viability of the event cannot now be confirmed and therefore not included in the 2021 calendar,” the event organizers said.
The Malaysia MotoGP will take place on the original dates of the Australia event from 22 to 24 October.