Formula One’s 2021 calendar already suffered a number of blows earlier this month, when it was confirmed that the Australian GP would be postponed and the Chinese GP was facing cancellation.
And now, it has been reported that three grand prix in May and June, including the prestigious but often lacklustre Monaco GP, will also be cancelled.
Specifically, the cancellation of the street races in Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada will be announced next month, according to reports.
“Monaco (May 23), Azerbaijan (June 6) and Canada (June 13) will, insiders say, fall off the calendar just like last year. Announcement of that news is expected next month,” online Dutch magazine Formule1.nl has reported.
The publication noted that Canadian authorities have closed the country’s “borders to foreigners for a while” and they have “a very strict COVID-19 policy.”
Organisers need several weeks to construct street streets ahead of F1 grand prix, so it’s understandable that they don’t want to spend millions of dollars on preparations only for an event to be cancelled at the last-minute.
This, in particular, is why the aforementioned grand prix – in addition to the already-delayed Australian Grand Prix – are set to be cancelled or delayed until much later in the season.