Formula 1 has announced a major reshuffle to the 2021 calendar after it was revealed the Turkish Grand Prix will not go ahead next month.
Turkey was chosen to replace the Canadian Grand Prix in June following its cancelation, but due to travel restrictions the race has now been dropped.
The country’s current COVID-19 situation meant it was put on the UK’s travel ‘red list’, which would require a 10-day quarantine period for all arrivals.
As this would prove a major hurdle for the seven UK-based teams, Austria will now host a double-header, with the French Grand Prix moving a week forward to June 20.
The Red Bull Ring held two grand prix’s during the truncated 2020 campaign, which will see the Styrian Grand Prix take place on June 27 and the Austrian Grand Prix on July 4.
The changes have created a new triple-header, with F1 having already scheduled a further three in Europe, Asia and the Americas later in the year.
“We were all looking forward to racing in Turkey but the travel restrictions in place have meant we are not able to be there in June,” a statement from F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali read.
“Formula 1 has shown again that it is able to react quickly to developments and find solutions and we are delighted that we will have a double header in Austria meaning our season remains at 23 races.
“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for all of their efforts in recent weeks and want to thank the promoters in France and Austria for their speed, flexibility and enthusiasm in accommodating this solution. 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.”
Turkey has requested F1 to consider rescheduling its event later in the season if possible, with China asking for same request when its race was called off earlier in the year.