The Australian Grand Prix has been called off for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Australian round of the MotoGP world championship, scheduled for twenty-four October, has also been cancelled.
The Formula 1 event was because of happening from 19-21 November but has been abandoned thanks to tight border controls in Australia.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little said he was “deeply disappointed” during a statement.
“We appreciate the challenge Australia faces with current international travel restrictions and thus the importance of vaccinations,” he added.
The Australian Grand Prix was called off in 2020 and put in situ to open the present season on 14 March, just for the date to be moved to November because of border controls.
Its November date race was only to be followed by two more within the F1 season – Saudi Arabia and therefore the season-ending Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.
But Australian border rules require visitors to quarantine for 14 days, a condition of entry expected to be in situ until a minimum of the top of the year.
Organizers of the event ultimately cited “restrictions and logistical challenges concerning the continued Covid-19 pandemic,” for the cancellation.
Formula 1 chief Stefano Domenicali said a 23-race season would still be possible despite the cancellation.
“While it’s disappointing, we cannot be racing in Australia this season, we are confident we will deliver a 23-race season in 2021 and that we have a variety of options to take forward,” he said.
McLaren’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo said the news a “huge disappointment” for drivers but adds they “understand the reasons”.
“I cannot wait to possess the prospect to race reception again, and it will be even sweeter once we do because it has been goodbye,” Ricciardo added. “Fingers crossed things can change for 2022 which we get to determine the awesome fans at Albert Park again and placed on an honest show for them.”
The Australian round of the MotoGP world championship, scheduled to require place at Phillip Island, has also now been exhausted for a second successive year.
The event organizers said: “The ongoing pandemic and resulting travel complications and logistical restrictions mean it’s not been possible to verify the viability of the event at this point, and it’ll therefore not feature on the 2021 calendar.”
The Malaysia MotoGP has been brought forward to require place on from 22-24 October, the first dates of the Australia event.