Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman Paul Little says they are deeply disappointed after announcing on Tuesday that both the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit and the Australian MotoGP event on Phillip Island will once again just like 2020 not go ahead due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Speaking about the news, Little commented saying:

We’re deeply disappointed that for a second consecutive year, both MotoGP™ and Formula 1® fans won’t be able to see the world’s best riders and drivers compete at the wonderful Phillip Island and Albert Park Grand Prix Circuits.”We appreciate the challenge Australia faces with current international travel restrictions and the importance of vaccinations.” “I would like to reassure our motivated and professional staff, suppliers and partners, as well as the Victorian tourism and major events community that we will work tirelessly to deliver these iconic events in 2022.”

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott commented saying:

We understand this is not the news MotoGP™ and Formula 1® fans wanted to hear.” “I would like to extend my thanks to the Victorian Government, Formula 1® and Dorna Sports for their unwavering resilience and support during this challenging period, and for their ongoing commitment to these two great events.” “There are bound to be ongoing challenges with COVID-19, but I want to reassure fans that while there is sadness and disappointment amongst our wonderful AGPC at the island and Formula 1® at the new Albert Park layout are sensational showcases of how we do things in Victoria.”

Formula One Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali commented on the announcement saying:

“While it is disappointing we won’t be racing in Australia this season, we areconfident we can deliver a 23 race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to take forward to replace the place left vacant by the Australian Grand Prix. We will be working through the details of those options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once those discussions are concluded.”

Former Formula One driver and Australian Grand Prix Corporation board member Mark Webber commented on the announcement saying:

“I’m shattered that we can’t hold a Formula 1® event in Australia for another year. It’s a real shame as we’re world class at pulling these types of events off as an organisation.”

McLaren Racing Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo commented on the news saying:

“It’s a huge disappointment for all of the drivers that we won’t be coming down to Australia in November, but we understand the reasons.” “For me personally, I can’t wait to have the chance to race at home again, and it’ll be even sweeter when we do because it’s been so long. Fingers crossed things can change for 2022 and we get to see the awesome fans at Albert Park again and put on a good show for them.

Formula One had been due to travel to Australia for the rescheduled race in November but are now looking at alternative venues to fill the void in the calendar left by Australia.

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