Turkey replaces Canada on 2021 F1 schedule due to travel restrictions

The Turkish Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton won the title last year, is back in 2021 following a decision on the Canadian Grand Prix.
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Updated - 29 April 2021 4:12 pm

There will be no Canadian Grand Prix in Formula One in 2021, with the series instead heading to Turkey in June. Montreal had been set to host the event across June 11-13, but travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic have dictated a change in plans. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is scheduled for the week prior and Canada currently imposes a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The COVID-19 crisis saw last season’s Canadian Grand Prix cancelled, too, but F1 has agreed a two-year extension, meaning the race will return in 2022.

Turkey joins 2021 calendar in place of Canada

In the meantime, the Turkish Grand Prix has been restored in the calendar.

It was on the slate in 2020 and saw Lewis Hamilton’s latest title triumph confirmed with victory in Istanbul in November.

“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 a statement 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.”