F1 Canadian Grand Prix Bounced from Schedule for Second Consecutive Year

No spectators. No poutine in the paddock. No race.

That’s the conclusion of F1 Canadian Grand Prix race officials and Formula 1, which have agreed to cancel the race for a second consecutive year. The races was scheduled for June 13 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

The news was reported on CBC Radio and Reuters on Thursday afternoon. A race at Istanbul Park in Turkey is expected to replace Canada on the schedule.

Formula 1 made a late bid to carry on with the race, but F1 wanted a waiver for its teams and series personnel to bypass mandatory 14-day quarantine rules. The National Hockey League, which has teams that play both in the U.S. and Canada, in March was granted a partial waiver in which teams traveling to Canada would have to quarantine for seven days before playing.

Currently citizens and visitors to Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

Formula 1, with its travel schedule, was unable to meet that requirement for its personnel.

Also, the race in Canada was likely going to be held without spectators, which made it a tough sell for the race promoters.

Istanbul Park has become a handy go-to replacement venue for Formula 1. The circuit was not on the original schedule for 2020, but was added as races were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lewis Hamilton won the race in Istanbul on Nov. 15.

As for Canada, the Canadian race is largely funded by government money from federal, provincial and local levels. These provide around $10 million a year, with the Canadian government believed to pay $5 million, the Quebec province $4 million and the city of Montreal $1 million.

Autoweek Formula 1 correspondent Joe Saward contributed to this report.

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