Formula 1 will have to wait another year to return to Victoria’s Albert Park after the decision to cancel this year’s Australian GP, as reported by the competition itself. The race had to be excluded from the calendar for “logistical constraints and challenges in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic “.
The event was planned for the weekend of November 18 to 21. However, the AGPC (GP organization) assures that it “continues to work with F1 and the Victorian government for the 2022 calendar”. and now it remains to be seen if Formula 1 decides include another race in its place, as I recently did with the Canadian and Turkish GPs.
– F1 Australian Grand Prix (@ausgrandprix) July 6, 2021
“We are confident that we can carry out a 23-race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to replace the square vacant Australian GP. We will be working on the details of those options in the coming weeks and will offer further updates when those discussions are concluded, “said the F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, in the statement.
For his part, the Australian McLaren driver, Daniel Ricciardo, has regretted that for the second year in a row he will not be able to race at home. “Is a huge disappointment For all the pilots that we do not go to Australia in November, but we understand the reasons, “he said.
“Personally, I can’t wait to get a chance to race at home again and It’ll be even sweeter when we do it, because it’s been a while. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things change in 2022 and we can see the fans at Albert Park and put on a good show for them, “he added.
We remember that in the 2020 season the Australian GP was not held either. It should have been the race that opened the season in March, but the pandemic forced its definitive cancellation, when the entire paddock had already moved to Albert Park, the same Friday the free ones began.