By Chris Medland
The race in Montreal was scheduled to take place on June 13, and had already been confirmed as being a behind-closed-doors event if it were to go ahead. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and Canada requiring incoming international travelers to quarantine on arrival, Formula 1 had requested an exemption as the race is back-to-back with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
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Canadian authorities having not granted that exemption, the sport cannot get to Montreal early enough to complete the required quarantine and therefore the race has been cancelled.
There is still positive news where Canada is concerned, however, with the race signing a two-year contract extension that will keep it stay on the calendar until 2031. That effectively covers the two cancelled events from the past two years.
“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,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said. “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.”