Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 race canceled in November

Melbourne, Australia — The Australian Grand Prix was canceled because local organizers and Formula One were unable to compromise on Australia’s rigorous travel and quarantine issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The race was postponed from the original season opening point on the F1 calendar on March 21st and rescheduled on November 21st.

The 2020 Australian Grand Prix, held at the Albert Park Street Circuit in Melbourne last March, was last-minute canceled at the start of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.

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Lewis Hamilton of the United Kingdom, a Mercedes driver, will speak at a press conference at the Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia on March 12, 2020. (Rick Recroft / AP photo)

“It’s a shame that these highly beloved events can’t go on, but this is a pandemic reality, but we can’t go back to normal settings until vaccination rates are much higher,” Victoria said. State Sports Minister Martin Pakula said.

“It’s only a few months left, but we need to plan and be prepared for contingencies. Given the very small number of double doses nationwide … we’re just F1 We are not in a position to give management the kind of guarantees, guarantees and comfort they need. “

Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said it was “very difficult” to host such a large event that day given Australia’s low vaccination coverage and restricted travel abroad. I confirmed the cancellation at an early stage of.

Formula One is already scheduled for a race in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 7, and there was little time possible for hotel quarantine before the Australian race.

Pakura has spoken to Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali and said that next April could be a spot on Melbourne’s 2022 F1 calendar.

“We had a brief discussion with F1 in April,” Pakura said.

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