On Wednesday, Formula 1 officially announced their decision and confirmed that the Canadian GP was replaced from the schedule 2021 by the Turkish GP in Istanbul. The Canadian Grand Prix 2021 is scheduled to be held on 12-13 June 2021. It is the second year in a row that the Montreal event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Formula 1 said in a statement, that because of travel restrictions it is not possible to enter Canada without a mandatory 14-day quarantine. In the meantime, the race agreement at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal has been extended by two years to 2031.
Canada is seeing an increase in cases, with Ontario - Quebec's neighboring province - being hit particularly hard. Turkey is returning as a replacement race for the second year in a row because of the pandemic.
It returned last year to the schedule for the first time since 2011 when Lewis Hamilton won his record-breaking seventh World Drivers Championship.
F1 Chairman Stefano Domenicali said: "Although it is disappointing that we cannot compete in Canada this season, we are pleased to confirm that Turkey will host a race in 2021 after the most exciting race of last season.
I would like to thank the operator and the authorities in Canada for their hard work over the past few weeks, but the travel situation made our plans impossible. "