F1: Japanese Grand Prix cancelled amid rising COVID-19 cases

It is yet another dent in F1′s calendar of Asia-based races following the cancellation of the Australian and Chinese GPs.

FILE Photo: Ferrari's driver Charles Leclerc at the Japanese GP in 2019. In 2021, new COVID-19 infections in Tokyo tripled during the 17 days of the Olympics, following which the race was cancelled.   -  AP

This year's Japanese Grand Prix was cancelled following discussions between the government and race promoters, Formula One organizers said Wednesday.

The race in Suzuka had been scheduled for October 10, between the events in Turkey and the United States.

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“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," F1 said 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.”

The decision creates another dent in F1′s calendar of Asia-based races following the cancellation of the Australian and Chinese GPs.

“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 from locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond,” F1 said in the statement.

Most of the series is being staged in Europe and the Middle East this season, with organizers initially planning 23 races.

The 11th race was held last weekend, when French driver Esteban Ocon won a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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The Japanese government pushed ahead with the 2020 Tokyo Games, which were delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

New COVID-19 infections in Tokyo tripled during the 17 days of the Olympics, which finished on August 8, although medical experts said the surge was not directly linked to the Games.

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