The 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled by the Japanese Government due to ongoing concerns surrounding the global pandemic, just days ahead of the Paralympic games being staged in Tokyo.
Formula One saying it “is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks”
They add that it “is excited by the level of interest in locations to host F1 events this year and beyond.”
A statement reads: “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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
Despite the Olympics, and soon to be Paralympics, able to run in Japan, Moto GP cancelled their race in Motegi earlier in the year, issues have now been raised around Formula One heading to Suzuka in the latest calendar blow for Formula One, who were looking to do a 23-race strong season.
It also means Honda, who leave Formula One at the end of the season, won’t be able to say goodbye to the sport at their home track.
The Japanese manufacturer provide engines to both Red Bull and AlphaTauri.