Australian Grand Prix is set to be cancelled for the second one straight season.© AFP
The Australian Formula One Grand Prix and MotoGP are set to be cancelled on Tuesday for a second straight year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, AFP understands. Organisers deliberate to stage the races in October and November, but have hit roadblocks over Australia’s requirement for in a foreign country arrivals to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine. An official announcement by Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief Andrew Westacott is expected later Tuesday, AFP has learned.
The Formula One race had already been pushed back from its traditional season-opening slot in March to November 21, after the Brazilian Grand Prix and before the inaugural race in Saudi Arabia.
Cancellation would intent two years without a race at Melbourne’s Albert Park after the 2020 version used to be dramatically called off just before the opening practice session.
It follows the Singapore Grand Prix, scheduled for October 3, also being cancelled over Covid-19 worries.
The MotoGP circuit also skipped Australia final year because of the pandemic but it used to be scheduled to go back to Phillip Island on October 24.
While Australia has been some of the world’s most successful countries in containing the coronavirus, Melbourne has struggled through several lockdowns.
Crowds are now back in sports stadiums in the city, but concerns remain high with Sydney currently in lockdown as it tackles an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Victoria state premier Dan Andrews earlier suggested the cancellation used to be likely provided low rates of native vaccination and a discount in international flights to Australia.
“The timing doesn’t relatively line up, and that makes it very, very challenging,” he said.
“We work very closely with all of our partners, especially F1 and indeed the MotoGP as polite. But some things are conceivable in a pandemic and a few things are in point of fact tough.”
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