Austria to host F1 double-header after Turkish GP is called off

Formula 1 is to run a double-header in Austria for the second season in a row, with the second event at the Red Bull replacing the Turkish Grand Prix, which has been called off.

Austria to host F1 double-header after Turkish GP is called off
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Just a few weeks after the Turkey event was announced as being slotted into the schedule to replace Canada, F1 chiefs have had to change plans again.

The fate of the Istanbul race was thrown into doubt when the British government added Turkey on to a list of red zone countries that required all returnees to face two weeks of hotel quarantine.

With a majority of F1 teams being based in the UK, and no exemption for grand prix personnel, the hotel requirement meant it was unrealistic for the event to go ahead.

The French GP will now be moved to June 20, and the races in Austria will take place on June 27 and July 4.

The first event at the Red Bull Ring will be called the Styrian Grand Prix, with the Austrian GP keeping its title the following weekend.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “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.

“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 asked for the race to be considered as an event for later in the season.

The change in calendar means that the Baku Grand Prix on June 6 will now be a standalone, with the French, Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix being pulled together as a triple-header.

French GP promoter Eric Boullier has apologised to fans for any problems caused by the late change of date for his event, but was confident of a successful weekend.

"This change of date has not weakened our passion and our raisin d'etre: to offer our public the best event possible," he said.

"We understand that this modification has an impact on the attendance of our spectators and partners and we are apologize about this. Our teams are already actively working to ensure that the rest of our event programme remains unchanged."

Turkey has asked for its race to be considered for a slot later in the season, with China also on standby after its grand prix was postponed earlier this year.

Race

Date

Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit

26-28 March

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola

16-18 April

Portuguese Grand Prix, Algarve International Circuit

30 April - 2 May

Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

7-9 May

Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

20-23 May

Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku City Circuit

4-6 June

French Grand Prix, Circuit Paul Ricard

20-22 June

Styrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring

25-27 June

Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring

2-4 July

British Grand Prix, Silverstone

16-18 July

Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring

30 July - 1 August

Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

27-29 August

Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort

3-5 September

Italian Grand Prix, Monza

10-12 September

Russian Grand Prix, Sochi Autodrom

24-26 September

Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit

1-3 October

Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

8-10 October

United States Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas

22-24 October

Mexico City Grand Prix, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

29-31 October

Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos

5-7 November

Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park

19-21 November

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah Street Circuit

3-5 December

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit

10-12 December

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