Mon, 21 Jun 2021

PARIS, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Formula 1 announced Friday that the Turkish Grand Prix, scheduled for June 13, has been called off due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

Turkey was only added to the 2021 calendar at the end of April, replacing the Canadian Grand Prix after that race was also canceled owing to travel restrictions.

However, with rising COVID-19 cases, Turkey was added to the U.K.'s 'red list', meaning travelers returning from Turkey would face a mandatory 10-day quarantine. With the majority of F1 personnel being based in the U.K., such restrictions render it impractical to stage the race.

"We were all looking forward to racing in Turkey but the travel restrictions in place have meant we are not able to be there in June," said Stefano Domenicali, F1 president and CEO.

"Formula 1 has shown again that it is able to react quickly to developments and find solutions and we are delighted that we will have a double header in Austria meaning our season remains at 23 races."

Further changes to the calendar will see the French GP move forward by one week to June 20, and Austria's Red Bull Ring will now stage two races on consecutive weekends, with the newly-added Styrian Grand Prix on June 27 followed by the Austrian Grand Prix in its original slot of July 4.

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