2021 is Honda’s last year in Formula 1. So this is the last chance for Japanese fans to watch the national automaker battle for victory at Suzuka. Or was it, since the Japanese GP was canceled for the second year in a row. The moment is of desperation for the engine supplier, who misses out on a crucial race in farewell to F1.
The reason for the cancellation, of course, is the pandemic. Japan is facing a new wave of COVID-19 with a record number of infections. Thus, we chose to be cautious about the possibility of opening doors for teams coming from abroad.
“It is a shame that it has not been possible to hold the Japanese GP at Suzuka for the second year in a row,” Honda said in a statement. “At Honda we were even more disappointed as this is the final year of our project in Formula 1 and we know many fans were excited to go to the races,” he continued.
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“Nevertheless, the 2021 season is exciting, promising a climax. We will do our best to reach the goal of winning the world. This is the end of Honda’s Formula 1 project and we hope that the fans Will continue to support us.” , highlighted.
The Japanese GP was scheduled for 10 October, with the Russian and Turkish GPs in a trio of races. The cancellation marks a new chapter in F1’s mission to complete the final phase of the 2021 calendar.
There are still many problems in the final stages of the F1 calendar. For example, Turkey, Mexico and Brazil are still on the UK red list, meaning anyone visiting these countries has to spend ten days in quarantine in a government-approved hotel, making scheduling difficult. . And Formula 1 has received no exception from the government.
So Paulo GP, however, has already been confirmed by the state government, with Governor Joo Doria (PSDB) revealing plans to sell 100% of tickets to Interlagos. The F1 phase is seen as a test event for the resumption of activities. Moreover, the situation in the United States is also not comfortable. Although the country is not listed as a warning by the British, Texas is experiencing a boom. As of Wednesday, there are only three ICU beds available in Austin, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.