LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One will make a second attempt to hold the Turkish Grand Prix this season after adding it to the calendar on Friday as a replacement for Singapore’s canceled race in October.
Singapore’s Oct 1-3 night race was canceled this month because of immigration restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Turkey’s race at the Istanbul Park circuit will slot in a week before the Japanese Grand Prix, which remains scheduled for Suzuka on Oct 10, and one week after the Russian round in Sochi.
Istanbul was listed in April as a replacement for Canada’s canceled June grand prix only to drop off again weeks later due to travel restrictions, with a majority of the teams based in Britain.
Turkey is on the British government’s “red list” of countries which require 10 days of hotel quarantine for returning travelers.
By staying in Japan for a few extra days, Formula One can bypass that quarantine requirement, however, assuming Turkey remains on that list in October.