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(Reuters) – The Canadian Grand Prix scheduled for June 13 at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal has been called off for the second year in a row, CBC Radio reported on Thursday, although Formula 1 said discussions were still ongoing.
With new variants of COVID-19 spreading and Canada struggling to contain a third wave of the virus, Montreal public health officials concluded that even though they were performed behind closed doors without spectators, the risks were too high, a reported the CBC.
F1 officials, according to the CBC, wanted to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine for the hundreds of employees, crew and drivers and rely on private medical personnel and make the whole operation run in a bubble.
The race is set to immediately succeed Azerbaijan, whose grand prix is scheduled for June 6 in Baku and is set to take place after it was also canceled last year.
“We are continuing our discussions with the promoter in Canada and have no further comments,” an F1 spokesperson told Reuters.
Autosport’s website quoted a spokesperson for the Canadian promoter as saying the radio report referred to “a document of public health recommendations.”
“As an organization, we have not received confirmation from our public health officials and we will not comment until we have official confirmation.”
Canada, with some of the strictest travel rules in the world, requires its citizens and residents from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days.
International arrivals should be quarantined for up to three days in a hotel.
One of Canada’s biggest sporting events, it would be the second year in a row that the Grand Prix has been pulled from the F1 calendar due to the spread of COVID-19.
Media reports suggest Turkey is on hold to replace Canada.
The Istanbul route is logistically convenient for cargo from Baku and was introduced last year also at short notice to bolster a schedule ravaged by the pandemic.
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