Both Formula 1 and MotoGP will not have respective Grand Prix rounds in Australia in 2021, confirmed on Tuesday.
Halfway through the year, the calendars in both Formula 1 and MotoGP are set to be changed. It has been announced on Tuesday morning that both championships will not visit Australia. The reason for that is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the risks and challenges it brings.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott commented on the announcement: “We understand this is not the news MotoGP and Formula 1 fans wanted to hear.”
“I would like to extend my thanks to the Victorian Government, Formula 1, and Dorna Sports for their unwavering resilience and support during this challenging period, and for their ongoing commitment to these two great events.”
“There are bound to be ongoing challenges with COVID-19, but I want to reassure fans that while there is sadness and disappointment amongst our wonderful AGPC staff there is a tenacity and determination to make sure the next episodes of MotoGP at the island and Formula 1 at the new Albert Park layout are sensational showcases of how we do things in Victoria.”
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali added: “While it is disappointing we won’t be racing in Australia this season, we are confident we can deliver a 23 race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to take forward to replace the place left vacant by the Australian Grand Prix. We will be working through the details of those options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once those discussions are concluded.”
Daniel Ricciardo also reacted to the news: “It’s a huge disappointment for all of the drivers that we won’t be coming down to Australia in November, but we understand the reasons.”
“For me personally, I can’t wait to have the chance to race at home again, and it’ll be even sweeter when we do because it’s been so long. Fingers crossed things can change for 2022 and we get to see the awesome fans at Albert Park again and put on a good show for them.”
The F1 event was set to take place on November 19th-21th at Albert Park, while the MotoGP race weekend was scheduled for October 22nd-24th at Phillip Island. It has already been announced that MotoGP will go to Portimao once again, while F1 is yet to make an announcement regarding the replacement venue.