The Formula 1 season has shortened further with news that three more ‘fly away’ grands prix in Singapore, Japan, and Azerbaijan have been cancelled.
Commenting on the developments, F1 said: “As a result of the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19, we and our promoters in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have taken the decision to cancel their races for the 2020 season.
This follows earlier cancellations of the races in Australia, Monaco, the Netherlands and France.
F1 cited long lead times required to construct street circuits and ongoing travel restrictions in Japan, as key decisions not to proceed with the races.
Ong Ling Lee, director, sports at the Singapore Tourism Board said: “The Singapore Tourism Board supports the joint decision by race promoter Singapore GP and Formula 1 to cancel the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2020, as this safeguards the health and well-being of participants, fans and all Singaporeans.”
The Singapore grand prix has grown to become a stand out event on the F1 calendar since 2008, as the only night race and Asia’s only street race.
F1 is still working to confirm other events for that period, with China the main fly away option and Canada an outside bet, along with additional European races.
As a street race, Vietnam faces similar issues to Azerbaijan and Singapore.
The country is still under restrictions and the promoter is understood not to be keen to run the first event without a full crowd, and there are also concerns about potentially having two races within six months, with the 2021 event set for April.
The F1 season will commence its 2020 season behind closed doors with two races at the Red Bull Ring on July 5 and 12 followed by two races in the UK at Silverstone in late July and early August.
Earlier today, Reuters reported that the races in Brazil, Mexico and in the US state of Texas were also uncertain.