Updated: Feb 28
After several days of speculation Formula 1 has officially confirmed that the Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled. Organisers for the event have cited “organising complexities” in relation to COVID 19 situation Japan as chief reason.
Written by Andrew Lwanga, Edited by Tanishka Vashee
In spite of Japan having hosted The Summer Olympics, an increase in the spread of coronavirus infections has resulted in declaration of the state of emergency in several parts of the country.
With cancellation of the event slated to take place on the 10th of October it seems that the optimistic record setting 23 race calendar will not be achieved. Formula 1 have stated however that they’re currently working on a revised calendar with rumours suggesting a race in Qatar at Losail circuit, a race at the Dubai Autodrome or a return to Bahrain.
In statement released to the press Formula 1 have said
“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.”