Singapore Grand Prix called off for 2021
Formula 1 and race organisers have confirmed that this year’s Singapore Grand Prix will not take place, with organisers citing ongoing safety and logistic concerns brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The race, on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, had been scheduled as round 16 of the 2021 championship, on October 1-3, but authorities decided to cancell this year's night race in Singapore due to the ongoing Covid-19-enforced travel restrictions.
The inaugural Formula One Singapore Grand Prix took place in 2008, becoming the first night-time event in the sport’s history. The race remained on the F1 calendar until 2020 when it was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Colin Syn, deputy chairman of the Singapore GP, said: “We understand that our fans were looking forward to another edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. 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.”
As previously stated, Formula 1 say they will continue to work with all promoters during this fluid time and have several options for additional races. Formula One has multiple options to replace the Singapore Grand Prix with Turkey or China looking set to become host venue as a replacement of the Marina Bay Circuit.