Formula 1 has today confirmed that the Grand Prix Du Canada 2021 will be replaced by The Turkish Grand Prix this season between June 11 – 13, 2021 amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
With current measures put in place by the Canadian government, Formula One would not be able to enter the country without carrying out a 14-day quarantine.
Instead, Turkey will re-join the calendar this season in place of the Canadian Grand Prix after an incredible race in 2020.
Formula 1’s own safety measures in place have proven to be highly effective with over 78,000 COVID-19 tests conducted last season and only 78 positive results – a rate of 0.1%.
So far this season they have reportedly conducted over 12,000 tests with 14 positive cases again a rate of 0.1%.
As well as efficient testing facilities, a number of teams have also already received their vaccines back in the UK – where seven of the teams are based.
Speaking about the announcement, Stefano Domenicali, President, and CEO of Formula 1, said:
“While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a Grand Prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season.
“I know all our fans are excited by the dramatic start to the season and Turkey is a great circuit that delivers great battles on the track.
“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible.
“I equally want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for their ongoing willingness to host a Formula 1 race that shows the huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a Grand Prix.
“We have had very good conversations will all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period.”