Coronavirus Forces Cancellation of Formula One Japanese Grand Prix

Tokyo, Aug. 18, 2021, SPA — Formula One’s Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second straight year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race venue’s operator, Kyodo quoted Mobilityland Corp., as announcing Wednesday.
“We have decided to cancel the 2021 FIA F1 World Championship Honda Japanese Grand Prix, scheduled to be held at Suzuka Circuit from Oct. 8 to 10,” a statement on the company’s website said.
According to the statement, the decision was unavoidable with entry restrictions making it difficult for overseas teams and officials to enter Japan ahead of the race in central Japan’s Mie Prefecture despite strenuous efforts by organizers to coordinate with various agencies and authorities to make this year’s event possible.
Japan has been experiencing a surge in infections and patients in severe condition since mid-July.
“It was a very painful, frustrating and disappointing decision. We were preparing to hold the F1 Japan Grand Prix for the first time in two years, but we had no choice but to cancel it,” Mobilityland President Kaoru Tanaka said.

 

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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