F1 president Stefano Domenicali talks about the reasons for replacing the Canadian venue with Turkey in the 2021 calendar.
The world is facing the threat of the COVID-19 and therefore the Canadian government imposed a travel restriction in the country. Further, one can’t enter the country without abiding by the 14-days quarantine.
Domenicali and the Canadian officials tried their best to agree with the terms. Hence, they had to cancel the Grand Prix in Montreal. However, the F1 boss wanted to pull off the 23-races in this season, thus he shifted the race to Istanbul.
In an official statement, Domenicali mentioned, “We are grateful for the efforts of the promoter and the authorities in Canada, Quebec, and Montreal in the past few weeks to try and make the race happen and we are pleased to announce a two-year extension to our partnership with the Canadian Grand Prix,”
BREAKING: Turkey joins 2021 calendar in place of Canada on June 11-13
— Formula 1 (@F1) April 28, 2021
The F1 boss further added, “We will work with the promoter to ensure those with tickets from 2020 & 2021 races get the options of a refund or to transfer their tickets to next year’s race and look forward to racing in Canada in 2022.”
Stefano Domenicali and his plans for Formula One
The F1 president has been working on projects to make this motorsport grander. The decision to move the June race to Istanbul in the 2021 season was a really impressive idea. The Istanbul circuit returned to the sport last season after a gap of nine years.
The 2020 Turkish GP was one of the thrilling events of last year’s calendar with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claiming his seventh world championship. Thus the return of the Intercity Istanbul Park in 2021 only increased the excitement in fans and F1 experts.
Domenicali further announced the addition of Miami to the 2022 calendar. There is no doubt an addition of such an exotic location will increase the value of the prestigious sport. There are also talks to host Grand Prix in Africa and China in the future. However, the F1 authorities might run into trouble hosting the event in China.
At the moment the F1 officials and all constructors are gearing up for the weekend at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. We might again witness some phenomenal racing in the Portuguese circuit.
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