F1 annuncia che il GP d’Australia esce dal calendario 2021, dopo la decisione del Governo dello Stato di Victoria, per via delle restrizioni e sfide logistiche
legate alla pandemia di COVID-19. Il GP si sarebbe dovuto correre dal 18 al 21 novembre e i biglietti non erano ancora stati messi in vendita. Ci sono diverse opzioni per sostituire l’evento, su cui si lavorerà nelle prossime settimane, ma a tutti mancherà l’appuntamento di Melbourne. La speranza è ancora quella di avere un calendario di 23 gare e ulteriori dettagli saranno dati appena si concluderanno le discussioni con le parti interessate. La cancellazione degli eventi sportivi riguarda anche la MotoGP, ma la Dorna ha già trovato una soluzione aggiungendo una seconda gara a Portimao.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Paul Little: “We’re deeply disappointed that for a second consecutive year, both MotoGP™ and Formula 1 fans won’t be able to see the world’s best riders and drivers compete at the wonderful Phillip Island and Albert Park Grand Prix Circuits. We appreciate the challenge Australia faces with current international travel restrictions and the importance of vaccinations. I would like to reassure our motivated and professional staff, suppliers and partners, as well as the Victorian tourism and major events community that we will work tirelessly to deliver these iconic events in 2022.”
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott: “We understand this is not the news MotoGP and Formula 1 fans wanted to hear. I would like to extend my thanks to the Victorian Government, Formula 1 and Dorna Sports for their unwavering resilience and support during this challenging period, and for their ongoing commitment to these two great events. There are bound to be ongoing challenges with COVID-19, but I want to reassure fans that while there is sadness and disappointment amongst our wonderful AGPC staff there is a tenacity and determination to make sure the next episodes of MotoGP at the island and Formula 1 at the new Albert Park layout are sensational showcases of how we do things in Victoria.”
AGPC Board Member, Mark Webber: “I’m shattered that we can’t hold a Formula 1 event in Australia for another year. It’s a real shame as we’re world class at pulling these types of events off as an organisation.”
Daniel Ricciardo: “It’s a huge disappointment for all of the drivers that we won’t be coming down to Australia in November, but we understand the reasons. For me personally, I can’t wait to have the chance to race at home again, and it’ll be even sweeter when we do because it’s been so long. Fingers crossed things can change for 2022 and we get to see the awesome fans at Albert Park again and put on a good show for them.”
— F1 Australian Grand Prix (@ausgrandprix) July 6, 2021