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News ID: 93693
Publish Date : 28 August 2021 - 21:40
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LONDON (Dispatches) - Formula 1 has cut its schedule to 22 races this season as a result of complications over the pandemic.
A revised calendar has a vacant slot on 21 November that will be filled by the first Qatar Grand Prix.
Qatar, which will be confirmed when the deal is finalized, will be the last of three consecutive race weekends following events in Mexico and Brazil.
The Turkish Grand Prix has been moved to 10 October to fill the slot vacated by the cancelled Japanese Grand Prix.
F1 planned its longest ever season at 23 races this year. President Stefano Domenicali had been trying to stick to that number of races but has been forced to rethink as a result of complications arising from the pandemic.
The current schedule is also the longest ever, which F1 says is “a major achievement for an international sport against the back drop of an ongoing global pandemic”.
The Japanese Grand Prix was cancelled because of a rise in Covid cases in the country, and that followed the earlier cancellations of the races in Australia, China, Canada and Singapore.
Turkey will be followed by the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on its long-planned 24 October date.

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