The Formula One Grand Prix season has been dealt a blow after Singapore cancelled their October grand prix on Friday.
This is the second time Singapore has been forced to cancel due to the pandemic, putting the Melbourne grand prix in November under a cloud of doubt.
“To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore,” said Colin Syn, deputy chairman of Singapore GP.
“We would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come to expect over the years, while safeguarding the health and safety of our fans, contractors, volunteers and staff.”
Singapore wasn’t the first to cancel, with Canada pulled from the 23 destinations on this year’s calendar after the teams refused to comply with Canada’s quarantine restrictions.
Under current conditions, only fully-vaccinated personnel are being allowed to travel to and participate in Melbourne’s race on November 21.
But with Australia still isolated from the world, and Melbourne going through its fourth lockdown, the likelihood of the city hosting a grand prix is in jeopardy.
But the Victorian Government is standing firm on the November race going ahead.
“The decision by Singapore is not particularly relevant to our situation,” a Victorian government spokesperson told the Sunday Age.