‘Baku, Singapore, Japan will be cancelled’

Michelle Foster


Formula 1 will not be heading to Azerbaijan, Singapore or Japan with the former expected to confirm the news in the coming days.

Formula 1’s bosses are currently trying to set out an extended race calendar having already confirmed an eight-race European schedule.

It, however, is proving to be rather difficult.

Previously F1 chief Chase Carey had stated that he is hoping for a 15 to 18-race season but that seems ever more unlikely.

According to Gazzetto dello Sport journalist Andrea Cremonesi, at least three more venues are set to announce their grands prix are on the cancelled list, not just postponed.

He told Formula Passion: “Baku will raise the white flag and in the next few days (if not hours) the cancellation will be announced.

“The same is true of Singapore and Japan, the home of Honda having already had to postpone the Olympics to 2021.

“But without Azerbaijan, the GP at Mugello could become a reality: for Ferrari, the opportunity to celebrate the 1000th GP at its racetrack.”

Added to that, “Vietnam plans to make its debut only next year with the public in the stands although China will probably take place.”

China, the centre of the pandemic outbreak, was the first grand prix to be cancelled but could now hold a double-header to help Formula 1 get in as many races as possible.

Cremonesi added: “The United States race will take place, it is stage that Liberty is very fond of, and perhaps Mexico but Brazil is at great risk.

“If there are not enough races on the calendar we will have a brace in Bahrain before the final in Abu Dhabi.”

Formula 1 is in no hurry to finalise the extended calendar although Carey is hoping to have everything resolved by the end of June.

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