The FIA Formula 1 World Championship will be returning to Istanbul Park for the second year in a row after the Turkish circuit has been called up to replace the Canadian Grand Prix.
The race scheduled to be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from 11 – 13 June has been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Currently, there is a mandatory 14 day quarantine period for all visitors to Canada, something the F1 circuit would be unable to do due to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix being held just one week earlier.
Although the Canadian Grand Prix will not be going ahead this year, F1 has confirmed the extension of two years with the track meaning the series will be back there in Montreal in 2022.
The Turkish Grand Prix was brought back to the F1 calendar in 2020 as part of a revised calendar around the Coronavirus pandemic and gave us a thrilling wet race.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a Grand Prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season. I know all our fans are excited by the dramatic start to the season and Turkey is a great circuit that delivers great battles on the track.
“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible. I equally want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for their ongoing willingness to host a Formula 1 race that shows the huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a Grand Prix.
“We have had very good conversations will all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period.”