Formula One said on Wednesday that the Japanese Grand Prix had been canceled for the second year in a row due to the “continued complexity” of Covid19. The race was originally scheduled to take place in Suzuka on October 10, but F1 said that due to the pandemic in the country, the Japanese government canceled the race. Japan is currently battling a record coronavirus infection, Tokyo successfully hosted the recent closed-door Olympics, while other regions are in a state of emergency.
F1 said in a statement: “Due to the continuing complexity of the country’s pandemic, the Japanese government has decided to cancel this season’s races.”
This move follows the cancellation of the Grand Prix in Australia, China, Canada and Singapore this season.
F1 said it has not yet decided how to fill the gap, but one option may be to host the second American race in Austin, Texas.
“Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks,” the statement said.
“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.”
Japan’s MotoGP, which was also scheduled to take place in October, was scrapped in June.