Japanese Grand Prix called off due to the ongoing pandemic

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Formula One has today announced that the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been called off at the request of the government due to ongoing COVID-19 issues.

After last year’s Japanese Grand Prix was cancelled due to the novel Covid-19 pandemic, the event looked set to return with the Suzuka track scheduled to host the race on 10 October. After Tokyo had held the Olimpic Games in July, the Japanese government reviewed the feasibility of this year’s race at Suzuka.

The sport has today issued a statement, confirming the decision of the Japanese government that the race has been cancelled due to the rising COVID cases.

Formula One stated that no decision has been made about the further changes to the 2021 F1 calendar, but it is believed that the sport will add a replacement for the cancelled Japanese Grand Prix, possible a second round at Texas, USA.

A statement from Formula 1 read: "Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country.

"Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks.

"Formula 1 has proven this year, and in 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and is excited by the level of interest in locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond."

Honda also issued a statement on Twitter, expressing its disappointment over the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix, but confirming its will and wish to win this year's championship titles.

"As Honda, we are particularly disappointed, because this is the final year of our Formula 1 project and we know that so many fans were looking forward to attending the event.

"The 2021 season is now heading for an exciting climax and we will be giving our all, fighting hard all the way to achieve our goal of winning the championships as this Honda Formula 1 project comes to an end and we hope our fans will continue to support us."