The organisers of Singapore GP have officially cancelled the 2021 F1 race, as they work on future course for the street event.
Post the end of the FP2 of F1 Azerbaijan GP weekend, reports surfaced of the cancellation of this year’s Singapore GP. BBC Sport were the first to write so, as they put the races in Japan, Australia, Brazil and Mexico in a bother too, in the second half.
Among the replacement talks, the reported noted Turkey as one possible venue, which was to replace Canada, but was cancelled last-minute after the change in UK travel regulations. The other option is a double-header in Austin, especially if Brazil and Mexico don’t happen.
A hectic travel to USA for a sole event may not be feasible, but if it is turned into a double-header, it will make sense for F1 teams to make the trip in a cost-effective manner. The organisers of Singapore GP, meanwhile, puts down the cancellation to logistics.
With the travel restrictions changing due to COVID-19 mutations, Singapore wants to play it safe for their own good. With two years of no Singapore GP, the discussions now with F1 is how to go ahead, considering the pandemic is far from over around the globe.
“We understand that our fans were looking forward to another edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix,” said Mr. Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd. “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.
“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. Ultimately, we have to be responsible, cautious and prudent as safety is our number one concern.
“We are grateful for the support of Singaporeans, stakeholders and local businesses who have helped contribute to the success of the night race. Needless to say, we look forward to the safe return of Formula 1 racing against the spectacular Marina Bay skyline.”
At the same time, Ms. Ong Ling Lee, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) understands the decision to cancel the 2021 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Given the unpredictable COVID-19 situation around the world, this decision prioritises the health and safety of all participants, fans and the public.
“Since 2008, the Formula 1 race has generated benefits for both Singapore and the Formula 1 franchise, with many local businesses actively involved in race preparations and operations. As the first night street race, it is one of the most iconic races on the Formula 1 calendar. We are working closely with Singapore GP, Formula 1 and other government agencies to determine the future of the race.”
A part of the Singapore GP statement, read: “Race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd today announced the cancellation of the 2021 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix due to ongoing safety and logistic concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Singapore GP is in discussions with the Government and Formula 1 on the issue of hosting the FIA Formula 1 World Championship going forward. We are working towards a mutually beneficial outcome for all parties and will announce details in due course.
Tickets for this year’s race had not been released for sale, pending the decision on the event’s feasibility. Ticket holders who deferred their 2020 tickets to the 2021 race will be fully refunded. Singapore GP will be contacting them directly with the details.”