Turkish Grand Prix CANCELLED and replaced by second Austrian race after Turkey was placed on Government’s red list as 2021 schedule is reshuffled to keep record 23-round season
- Formula One has cancelled the Turkish Grand Prix due to UK travel concerns
- The UK Government placed Turkey on its ‘red list’ of countries not to travel to
- Anyone travelling to Turkey would have to isolate for 10 days upon their return
- Seven Formula One teams on the grid for Turkey are based in the UK
- The event has been replaced with a second Austrian Grand Prix by F1 officials
Formula One bosses have called off the Turkish Grand Prix scheduled for June 13 after the UK Government placed strict quarantine restrictions on returning to Britain.
The gap will be filled by Austria, who will host a second race in Spielberg. The French GP has been moved forward a week to June 20.
The Austrian double-header takes place on June 27 and July 4, with fans expected at both events.
The Turkish Grand Prix has been cancelled after Turkey was placed on the UK’s red list
The British GP, where organisers are hoping to have a crowd of 140,000, remains in its July 18 slot.
Turkey’s fate was sealed when it was named on the UK’s ‘red list’, meaning F1’s travelling contingent, mostly based in Britain, would have had to serve 10 days of quarantine.
F1 want to maintain their 23-round programme, not least to recoup lost revenue from cancelled races last year.
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said: ‘The sport has shown that it’s able to react quickly to find solutions.’
Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish GP last year but F1 have now taken the event off the calendar
Turkey was only added to the calendar 16 days ago after the Canadian Grand Prix was scrapped following the country’s demand that the F1 circus quarantine for a fortnight.
But seven of the grid’s teams are based in the UK, and all travellers returning from red-list countries face 10 days of quarantine at a Government-approved hotel.
There remain serious doubts over a number of rounds in the second half of the calendar, with Mexico, Brazil and Australia among those vulnerable because of the complexities surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Seven of the grid’s teams are in the UK and would have to isolate for 10 days after coming back