Australia, without F1 and MotoGP

The FIA, FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports have announced that the Albert Park and Phillip Island events will not be contested due to the delta variant of COVID-19.


Australia will have to wait another year to enjoy the Formula 1 and MotoGP World Championship. Both championships have announced, through two different statements, that the races to be held in Albert Park (November 19-21) and Phillip Island (October 22-24) have been canceled due to the entry into the oceanic country of the variant delta of COVID-19 and the strong sanitary measures imposed by the Government for its eradication.

"The 2021 event will not go ahead. The Australian Grand Prix organization together with the Victorian government and Formula 1 announced that the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been canceled due to restrictions and logistical challenges in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Grand Prix was scheduled for November 18-21 at Albert Park. Tickets for the event had not yet gone on sale. The Corporation will continue to work with Formula 1 and the Victorian government on the 2022 dates for the Australian GP event, "says the organization of the Grand Circus event.

"While it is disappointing not to be able to race in Australia this season, we are confident that we can have a 23-race schedule in 2021 and we have a number of options to replace the spot vacated by the Australian GP. We are going to work on the details of those options in the coming weeks and to provide further updates once the talks are concluded, "adds Formula 1.

“We are very disappointed that, for the second year in a row, MotoGP World Championship fans will not see the best riders in the world compete at the wonderful Phillip Island circuit. We are also disappointed by our staff, suppliers and partners, as well as by the community and associated tourism industry that depends on the economic boost that comes with the realization of the event ", says Paul Little, director of the GP of Australia, on the appointment of the two wheels to be held on the island located 140 kilometers from Melbourne (Victoria) at the end of October.

While Formula 1 works to find an alternative, MotoGP has announced that the 2021 Malaysian GP will be raced seven days ahead of schedule (October 22-24), as well as Portimao (Portugal) will again host a motorcycling test at the beginning November (5-7 November) before the end of this edition in Cheste (Valencia) one week later.

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