Turkish GP to replace Canadian GP on 2021 F1 Calendar
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Drivers compete during the Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020 at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Formula 1 has announced a switch to round seven of the 2021 calendar, with the Turkish Grand Prix substituting the Canadian Grand Prix for the weekend of June 11 to 13.

Due to the continuing international travel restrictions in place in Canada, it turned out to be impossible for Formula 1 to enter the country without a mandatory 14-day quarantine, leading to the change.

“We are grateful for the efforts of the promoter and the authorities in Canada, Quebec, and Montreal in the past few weeks to try and make the race happen and we are pleased to announce a two-year extension to our partnership with the Canadian Grand Prix,” read an announcement by Formula 1.

“We will work with the promoter to ensure those with tickets from 2020 & 2021 races get the options of a refund or to transfer their tickets to next year’s race and look forward to racing in Canada in 2022.”

Turkey returns to the calendar after an exhilarating first event in Istanbul in nine years last November, in which Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion for a record-equalling seventh time in the wet.

“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,” said Stefano Domenicali, President, and CEO of Formula 1.

“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.”

As the new seventh round of the season, Turkey will now form a more logistically friendly doubleheader with Azerbaijan, which takes place the week before in Baku.

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  • Formula 1 strikes new deal in Montreal

Canada's event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of the sport's most long-standing and popular races and, while it will again not take place this year, F1 announced a two-year contract extension on its deal, which now runs to 2031.

“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.”

F1 added that it will work with the promoter in Montreal to ensure fans who purchased tickets for the 2020 and 2021 events have the option of a refund or a ticket transfer to the 2022's event.

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  • How the 2021 F1 calendar now looks

After unexpectedly completing a total of 17 races - just five fewer than originally planned before the pandemic - as part of a heavily revised calendar in 2020, F1 has a record 23-round schedule in place for this year with plans to return to the Americas and Asia in the final months of the campaign.

“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.”

  • What does the rest of the F1 calendar look like now?

Date

Grand Prix

May 2

Portuguese GP

May 9

Spanish GP

May 23

Monaco GP

June 6

Azerbaijan GP

June 13

Turkish GP

June 27

French GP

July 4

Austrian GP

July 18

British GP

August 1

Hungarian GP

August 29

Belgian GP

September 5

Dutch GP

September 12

Italian GP

September 26

Russian GP

October 3

Singapore GP

October 10

Japanese GP

October 24

United States GP

October 31

Mexico City GP

November 7

Sao Paulo GP

November 21

Australian GP

December 5

Saudi Arabian GP

December 12

Abu Dhabi GP

 

  • Covid-19 Protocols 

F1 events remain under strict Covid-19 protocols, with the Portuguese GP in the Algarve next up this weekend after dramatic races in Bahrain and Italy.

"The Formula 1 community will continue to travel this season with stringent safety measures that allowed us to travel safely to 12 countries and deliver 17 races 2020," read the F1 statement.

The Formula 1 community will continue to travel this season with stringent safety measures that allowed safe travel to 12 countries in 2020. The measures have proven to be highly effective with over 78,000 COVID-19 tests conducted last season with only 78 positive results, a rate of 0.1%. So far this season over 12,000 tests have been conducted with 14 positive cases again a rate of 0.1%.

"We will continue to operate in a way that protects the safety of our personnel and the communities we visit."

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