For the second consecutive year, Singapore joins Canada in having to cancel their Grand Prix due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tight restrictions for live events in the Asian country forced their hand and the announcement was made earlier today.
According to the BBC, who first reported the cancellation of the race, the possibility of a second race at the Circuit of The Americas is on the cards. China and Turkey are also consideration as F1 needs to adapt for a second straight season.
The Singapore Grand Prix has been on the F1 calendar since 2008 [Formula 1’s first ever night race] and quickly became very popular with drivers and fans.
Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd:
"We understand that our fans were looking forward to another edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore," said Mr. Syn in a statement released on Twitter by the Singapore Grand Prix.
‘’Since its debut, the Grand Prix has attracted fans from over 100 countries and established itself as more than just a race with a robust circuit-wide concert and entertainment line-up. Given the evolving and unpredictable pandemic situation around the world, it has become increasingly challenging to stage a complex multi-faceted event for tens of thousands of local and overseas spectators.
"We would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come to expect over the years, while safeguarding the health and safety of our fans, contractors, volunteers and staff. Ultimately, we have to be responsible, cautious and prudent as safety is our number one concern.
"We are grateful for the support of Singaporeans, stakeholders and local businesses who have helped contribute to the success of the night race. Needless to say, we look forward to the safe return of Formula 1 racing against the spectacular Marina Bay skyline."
Ms. Ong Ling Lee, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board:
"The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) understands the decision to cancel the 2021 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Given the unpredictable COVID-19 situation around the world, this decision prioritises the health and safety of all participants, fans and the public. Since 2008, the Formula 1 race has generated benefits for both Singapore and the Formula 1 franchise, with many local businesses actively involved in race preparations and operations. As the first night street race, it is one of the most iconic races on the Formula 1 calendar. We are working closely with Singapore GP, Formula 1 and other government agencies to determine the future of the race."