Japanese GP crash complicates F1 plans

The organization is already looking for a replacement with which to maintain the 23 estimated dates, after the fall of Suzuka due to the increase in COVID in the Japanese country.


Japan just said goodbye to the Olympics and also to the F1 grand prix scheduled for the weekend of October 10 at Suzuka. What was going to be the seventeenth race of the season for the Gran Circo pilots is left out of the scene due to the increase in COVID cases in the Japanese country and represents the second consecutive cancellation of the appointment due to the pandemic. Which again forces Liberty Media to look for a replacement that allows it to maintain the 23 events that make up the current World Cup calendar.

Suzuka's fall is the second confirmed of the season, after the Australian GP with which the course used to open was canceled, and it has been the Japanese Government who has decided not to continue with a race that, at worst of the cases, it could have been held behind closed doors, as was the case with the Olympic Games: "Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and the Japanese authorities, the Japanese government has made the decision to cancel the race this season due to the current complexities of the pandemic in the country ".

What happens now? "Formula 1 is working on the details of the calendar and will announce the news in the coming weeks, because we have shown that we can find solutions to the current uncertainties," say the organizers in the statement, after having launched conversations with new scenarios that replace a career that could not be the last to fall. The organizers of the Brazilian GP have requested a change of date in order to keep the event on the calendar this year and, as if that were not enough, the absence of the Japanese event could unleash a domino effect that would punish the Turkish GP.Suzuka's race was the third round of a triplet to be completed by Russia and Turkey, so this new move may jeopardize the appointment rescheduled for October 3 at Istanbul Park. The Turkish country is on the red list of the United Kingdom and that would imply that the members of the teams based on British soil should establish a ten-day quarantine. Something unfeasible for the factories, since they would be paralyzed during all that time. Although it would only be about economic damages.

In the sentimental, Honda is the great loser with this decision since the cancellation of Suzuka means that the Japanese manufacturer will not have the opportunity to say goodbye to the Great Circus in its home grand prix. Now that the victories with Red Bull are a reality that could have put the final climax to a goodbye that will arrive at the end of 2021, when they will leave the World Championship, the propellant brand will close a stage without its most special appointment as recognized by Koji Watanabe, director of communication and brand operations at Honda Racing: "It is unfortunate that it was not possible to celebrate the F1 Japanese GP. As Honda we are particularly disappointed, because it is our last year in this F1 project and many fans were eager to attend the event ".

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