Formula One on Thursday confirmed a change to the 7th round of the 2021 race calendar with the Turkish Grand Prix replacing the Canadian Grand Prix, which was scheduled for the weekend of June 11-13th.
This change comes due to the travel restrictions in place in Canada which make it impossible for Formula 1 to enter the country without a mandatory 14-day quarantine which would not be ideal.
“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,” reads a recent statement by Formula 1.
“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.”
The Istanbul circuit returns after a thrilling event last season which saw Lewis Hamilton win his seventh world title, matching the greatest of the greatest, Michael Schumacher.
“While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a Grand Prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season,” stated Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.
“I know all our fans are excited by the dramatic start to the season and Turkey is a great circuit that delivers great battles on the track.
“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible.
I equally want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for their ongoing willingness to host a Formula 1 race that shows the huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a Grand Prix.
“We have had very good conversations will all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period.”