The FIA Formula 1 World Championship will be held in Istanbul Park for the second year in a row after the Turkish circuit has been asked to replace the Canadian Grand Prix.
The race which was initially scheduled to hold at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve between June 11 and June 13 has been cancelled as a result of the lingering Coronavirus pandemic.
At present, there is a compulsory 14 day quarantine period for every visitor to Canada, something the F1 circuit would not be able to observe as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be held just one week earlier.
Though the Canadian Grand Prix will not take place this year, F1 has confirmed two years extension with the track meaning the race will be back in Montreal next year.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a Grand Prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season. I know all our fans are excited by the dramatic start to the season and Turkey is a great circuit that delivers great battles on the track.
“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible. I equally want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for their ongoing willingness to host a Formula 1 race that shows the huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a Grand Prix.
“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.”