Singapore cancels F1 Grand Prix

Photo: Singapore Grand Prix/Facebook
Photo: Singapore Grand Prix/Facebook

For the first time in its history, the Formula One race was canceled Friday due to the logistics of building the circuit under restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19.

It takes months to construct the track, according to promoter Singapore GP and Formula One, and the ongoing restrictions make it impossible to hold the event set for September. 

“We are therefore unable to complete the race circuit infrastructure in time for the race to take place,” it said in a statement, noting that construction usually starts in May. 

It also pointed out that large gatherings continue to be banned and travel restricted around the world. 

Photo: Roslan Rahman / AFP
Photo: Roslan Rahman / AFP

It’s the first time since Formula One came to Singapore 12 years ago that the race has been canceled. The starting line is usually situated at the F1 Pit Building near the Singapore Flyer, and the course snakes through the civic district. Concerts are held around the event grounds. 

Existing ticketholders will receive automatic refunds within 30 business days, or if preferred, an option to rollover their tickets to next year’s event.

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