Formula 1 organisers have confirmed that the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled.
According to officials, the decision was made as they continue to deal with “ongoing complexities” related to the Covid-19 pandemic in Japan.
This marks the second cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix after it met the same fate back in 2020 because of the coronavirus situation.
This year’s battle was due to be held in October and was to be the third event in a planned triple-header after the Russian Grand Prix and the rescheduled Turkish race.
However, this morning it was announced the race at the Suzuka circuit would not be going ahead, and F1 officials are working on a replacement.
An official statement released this morning read: “Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country.
“Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks.
“Formula 1 has proven this year, and in 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and is excited by the level of interest in locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond.”