There is no peace for the Formula 1 World Championship in this world of Covid and pandemics – Last Sunday was supposed to run the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, again skipped for the second year in a row due to covid. More races are set to be cancelled, Liberty Media and the FIA look for backup plans.
Formula 1 will be back next week in France at Magny Cours, meanwhile, after the loss of Singapore, there are likely to be other races at risk of cancellation due to the pandemic. Liberty Media is taking action with solutions and an alternative calendar.
Formula 1 News: Backup Plans Revealed In Case More Races Are Cancelled for 2021 F1 Calendar
After Montreal and Singapore, the latest formula 1 news suggests that the races in Japan, Mexico and Brazil, as well as Australia, are very much at risk of being cancelled. Motorsport.com Italian journalist Roberto Chinchero reports that after the Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for September 16 in Sochi, the calendar is likely to undergo major changes.
The Singapore round on October 3 has already been cancelled, and the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on October 10 could also be at risk. These cancellations are of course due to covid and are still uncertain according to the opinion Sky Sports F1, who further believe the Grand Prix of Mexico on October 31 and November 7 for Brazil are likely to be removed.
Stefano Domenicali, boss of Liberty Media’s Formula 1 operation and Ross Brown, the technical lead of Liberty Media F1 are working to try to prevent and foresee alternative races in order not to lose grand prix on the planned calendar. Indeed, they could be helped by the Austin circuit in the USA, which would be ready to host more than one race, similar to that of the double race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
However, it’s hard to understand how it all fits together. In the Americas, there will be a back-to-back-to-back with three races in three weeks: USA, Mexico and Brazil. If the latter two are not missed, Austin would have to make the two races on 17 and 24 October, a real challenge for the teams and media who cover the sport.