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F1 | The 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been called off because of the pandemic

Disappointment occurs for a second consecutive year for the incredible Japanese fans as the Asian race is cancelled once again.

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F1 | The 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been called off because of the pandemic
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For a second straight year, the Japanese Grand Prix at the famous Suzuka circuit [joining Australia and Canada] has been called off thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Despite the country holding the Olympic Games recently and the Paralympic Games, which starts next Tuesday, there is currently a state of emergency in the capital Tokyo as the virus surges in the Far East country.  

It’s a hammer blow for Honda who would have wanted a final home race before their exit from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, as well as disappointment for Yuki Tsunoda who was set to race in his home country during his rookie season. 


"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," said Formula 1 in a statement. 

"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." 


As for the rest of 2021, Turkey, Mexico and Brazil are all currently on the United Kingdom's red list, meaning UK-based employees will need to quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel after returning from those venues, if they go ahead.  

A planned double-header at the Circuit of The Americas is on the cards, although cases in Austin are high. Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed he tested positive for the virus last night.  

If more races do drop off the calendar, Qatar could make its F1 debut towards the end of the 2021 campaign, with another race in Bahrain a strong possibility as well. It could mean the last four races of the year take place in the Middle East, as Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are already confirmed for the final two rounds.  

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