Japanese F1 Grand Prix canceled due to coronavirus | Sports

TOKYO (AFP) – Formula 1 organizers announced Wednesday that this year’s Japanese Grand Prix has been canceled after talks between the government and the race’s promoters.

The Suzuka test was scheduled for October 10 between the Grand Prix of Turkey and the United States.

“The Japanese government has taken the decision to cancel the race this season due to the current complexities of the pandemic in the country,” F1 explained in a statement. Formula 1 is now working on details of the revised schedule and will announce the details. Final in the next few weeks. “

The decision creates another gap in the Asian racing calendar after those in Australia and China were cancelled.

“Formula 1 has demonstrated this year, and into 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to current uncertainties and we are excited about the level of interest in the sites to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond,” the statement added.

Most of the 23 races initially planned this season will be held in Europe and the Middle East.

Last week was the eleventh round, in which the French Esteban Ocon won the chaotic test in Hungary ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Japan’s government held the Olympics, which had already been delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Tokyo, new infections tripled in the 17 days the duels continued – which ended on August 8 – although medical experts said the recovery was not directly linked to the Olympic event.

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