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Singapore Grand Prix cancelled due to COVID concerns

Singapore Grand Prix cancelled due to COVID concerns

FORMULA ONE: Race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd yesterday (June 4) announced the cancellation of the 2021 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix due to ongoing safety and logistic concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Press Release

Saturday 5 June 2021, 11:04AM


The Singapore Grand Prix has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns around COVID-19. Photo: AFP.

The Singapore Grand Prix has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns around COVID-19. Photo: AFP.

“We understand that our fans were looking forward to another edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore.” said Mr. Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd.

Since its debut, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix has attracted fans from over 100 countries and established itself as more than just a race with a robust circuit-wide concert and entertainment line-up. Given the evolving and unpredictable pandemic situation around the world, it has become increasingly challenging to stage a complex multi-faceted event for tens of thousands of local and overseas spectators.

“We would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come to expect over the years, while safeguarding the health and safety of our fans, contractors, volunteers and staff. Ultimately, we have to be responsible, cautious and prudent as safety is our number one concern,” said Mr. Syn.

“We are grateful for the support of Singaporeans, stakeholders and local businesses who have helped contribute to the success of the night race. Needless to say, we look forward to the safe return of Formula 1 racing against the spectacular Marina Bay skyline.”

“The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) understands the decision to cancel the 2021 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix,” said Ms. Ong Ling Lee, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board.

“Given the unpredictable COVID-19 situation around the world, this decision prioritises the health and safety of all participants, fans and the public.

“Since 2008, the Formula 1 race has generated benefits for both Singapore and the Formula 1 franchise, with many local businesses actively involved in race preparations and operations. As the first night street race, it is one of the most iconic races on the Formula 1 calendar. We are working closely with Singapore GP, Formula 1 and other government agencies to determine the future of the race.”

Singapore GP is in discussions with the Government and Formula 1 on the issue of hosting the FIA Formula 1 World Championship going forward. We are working towards a mutually beneficial outcome for all parties and will announce details in due course.

Tickets for this year’s race had not been released for sale, pending the decision on the event’s feasibility. Ticket holders who deferred their 2020 tickets to the 2021 race will be fully refunded. Singapore GP will be contacting them directly with the details.

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Kurt | 05 June 2021 - 19:42:50

Of course everything all over the globe, that racing is a money thing. Governments host it to make money. Simple. Singapore is a small vulnerable place health wise at this Covid-19 time. SIN Government did a risk calculation ( they are very good in that!) and think to have the race, at the end cost more than they earn with it due to possible spiking Covid infections. Wise decision.

CaptainJack69 | 05 June 2021 - 12:41:11

Almost all other races are going ahead with few or no spectators why can't they? Because this event has become a music concert with racing in the background. They haven't cancelled a race, they've cancelled a Katy Perry concert. They could run the race and swallow the cost, but it's not about the sport it's about the money.

 

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