Formula One organisers has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Japanese GP, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a grip on the country.
The news comes as the country continues to see a surge in cases of the virus, with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extending the country’s emergency lockdown to September 12.
On Tuesday, Japan saw an increase in 4,377 cases just a few days after a record number of 5,773 was set on Friday.
In a statement, organisers said a decision was taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race and F1 are looking at alternative options.
“Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese Government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country,” the statement read.
“Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks.
“Formula 1 has proven this year, and in 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and is excited by the level of interest from locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond.”
The announcement of a cancellation is yet another in a rift of changes F1 has been forced to make through the year, with Suzuka being the latest victim.
The US Grand Prix, set to take place on October 24, is also in doubt as Austin battles another wave of Covid-19 infections.
There was confidence in the F1 paddock that a race at COTA would go ahead, however there is now a cloud forming over the idea.