Azerbaijan Grand Prix promoters have ruled out the possibility of a date swap with Turkey admitting its “not very flexible” due to Euro 2020 commitments.
Turkey became a new addition to the 2021 calendar after the Canadian Grand Prix was cancelled, taking Montreal’s June 13 slot which takes place one week after Azerbaijan’s race.
But Turkey’s place on the schedule is now a major doubt following the UK’s announcement that the country would be placed on its travel ‘red list’.
This would mean anyone returning to the UK would have to quarantine for the mandatory 10-day period, causing a problem for the seven UK-based Formula 1 teams.
A possible suggestion was for Azerbaijan and Turkey to swap dates so UK-based staff could avoid quarantining, but Baku has revealed this won’t be feasible.
Baku will host a Euro 2020 group stage match between Wales and Switzerland the following weekend, one of five games that will be played in the city.
Speaking to select media, Baku City circuit executive director Arif Rahimov said, as quoted by Motorsport.com: “There were talks, but in our case, our race weekend is really fixed.
“It was kind of squeezed in-between all the other events happening in the city, because the football is still going ahead.
“The first game will be on June 12, which is on the Saturday following the race weekend. So there is not much that we can do in terms of we’re not very flexible this year.
“I guess if it was any other year where we’re the only major event on the calendar of Baku, then yeah, that could have been an option. But not this year.”
F1 is currently evaluating options for the Turkish Grand Prix, which includes replacing the event with another European round.
Hockenheim and Mugello have been mooted as alternative venues, while there is talk of either France of Austria staging a double-header.