Turkish Grand Prix postponed as F1 shuffles calendar

The Turkish Grand Prix will not take place as scheduled next month and could be held later in the season, Formula One said Friday.

The car racing sport organisers added development was a of the coronavirus numbers in the country.

Britain and other countries have put on their “red list” for travel, meaning those returning from visits there must go lengthy period of mandatory quarantine.

With several F1 teams based in the UK, organisers agreed to postpone the June 13 race with the hope of holding it later in the year.

For the same reason, football’s UEFA has moved the May 29 Champions League final between English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea from Istanbul to Porto.

An additional race will be held in Austria with the Styrian Grand Prix on June 27 now a week before the original Austrian Grand Prix on July 4.

This extra race means the French Grand Prix will be brought forward a week to June 20.

“We all looking forward to racing in but the travel restrictions in place have meant not able to be there ,” Stefano Domenicali, F1 president and CEO said.

“Formula 1 has shown again that it is able to react quickly to developments and find solutions and delighted that we will have a double-header in Austria meaning our season at 23 races.

“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in for all of their efforts in recent weeks and want to thank the promoters in France and Austria for their speed, flexibility and enthusiasm in accommodating this solution.

“We have had very good conversations with all the other promoters since the of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period.”

The Turkish race at Istanbul Park returned to the altered 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic and was retained this year in place of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Whether or not it will be held later in the season is doubtful, the already crammed calendar.

However, F1 has said “the promoter has requested that we look at the potential opportunity for the race to be rescheduled later in the season if possible.”

Formula One said: “So far this season, we have conducted 17,000 with 15 positive cases four races the campaign. The next race is the Monaco Grand Prix on May 23.”(dpa/)