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Formula 1 race and MotoGP in Australia cancelled for second straight year.

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On Tuesday, Australian Grand Prix officials said that both Formula 1 race and Moto GP has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the second straight year that such events were cancelled.

Initially the race were planned to take place in October and November, but it hit problems when Australia imposed a requirement of 14- days mandatory quarantine for all overseas arrivals. Given Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on 7 November there will not be enough time to cover the 14 days quarantine for the scheduled race in Albert Park on 18 November.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief Andrew Westacott will give an announcement on Tuesday to discuss the cancellation.

Given the very low national two-dose-vaccination numbers, and given the decision of national cabinet on Friday, we’re simply not in a position to give F1 management or MotoGP the sorts of guarantees and assurances and comfort that they need this week.

Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula

The MotoGP event was scheduled for 24th October but again like the Formula 1 event was cancelled.

It is not yet known where the replacement race will be held, but according to the CEO Stefano Domenicali they are expecting a full season without Melbourne.

While it is disappointing we won’t be racing in Australia this season, we are confident we can deliver a 23-race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to take forward to replace the place left vacant by the Australian Grand Prix.

CEO Stefano Domenicali

This comes amid good containment of the virus in Victoria after they managed to record a sixth straight day of zero locally transmitted cases. Despite this the Victoria Premier Dan Andrews, felt it is not the right time to have such events when only 10% of the people have been vaccinated.

When you’ve halved the number of people coming into the country, when you’ve got 10% of people vaccinated when you want and need 70 or 80% to have had the jab, we’re not at that point.

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews.

More details to follow.

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