F1 scrambles to revise race calendar after cancellation of Japanese Grand Prix

The Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled for a second year in a row.

Scheduled to take place on October 10, the race was the third leg of a triple header after Russia and Turkey.

“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,” F1 organisers said.

“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 from locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond.”

The announcement comes as Japan battles rising Covid case numbers following the Tokyo Olympics.

To date, Australia, China, Canada and Singapore have all had to cancel their scheduled Grand Prix races.

“Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks,” the organisers said.

“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.”