Austria to host double-header as F1 scraps Turkish GP

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Austria to host double-header as F1 scraps Turkish GP

Formula 1 has made a final call on the fate of the Turkish GP, cancelling the June 13 event and adding a second round of racing at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on June 27.

The writing was on the wall for the race at Istanbul Park, a slot-in event for the Covid-19 cancelled Canadian GP, after Turkey was placed on the UK's 'red list' of countries on which stringent travel restrictions and quarantine measures have been imposed.

A majority of F1 personnel traveling back to the UK from Turkey after the event in Istanbul would have been forced to comply with the mandatory 10-day quarantine in government-approved hotels imposed by the British government.

The impracticality of the measures initially encouraged F1 to seek a date swap with the Azerbaijan GP, but Baku's organisers could not fulfill that request due to the city hosting a match of the UEFA Euro 2020 football competition on June 12.

Consequently, F1 has scrapped the Turkish GP altogether and transformed Austria into a double header – the Styrian GP and the Austrian GP - with the respective races taking place on June 27 and July 4.

Subsequently, the French GP at Paul Ricard, initially earmarked for June 27, has been brought forward to June 20.

"We were all looking forward to racing in Turkey but the travel restrictions in place have meant we are not able to be there in June," said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

"Formula 1 has shown again that it is able to react quickly to developments and find solutions and we are delighted that we will have a double header in Austria meaning our season remains at 23 races.

"I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for all of their efforts in recent weeks and want to thank the promoters in France and Austria for their speed, flexibility and enthusiasm in accommodating this solution.

"We have had very good conversations will all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period."

All may not be lost for Turkey as the event's promoters have requested to be considered for a later date in 2021.

French GP boss Eric Boullier apologized to race fans for any inconvenience caused by the date change, but the former McLaren team boss ensured fans that he would deliver "the best event possible".

"This change of date has not weakened our passion and our raisin d'être: to offer our public the best event possible," he said.

"We understand that this modification has an impact on the attendance of our spectators and partners and we are apologize about this. Our teams are already actively working to ensure that the rest of our event programme remains unchanged."

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British GP schedules evening session for Friday qualifying

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British GP schedules evening session for Friday qualifying

Silverstone has tweaked its timetable for the British GP, scheduling F1's sprint race qualifying session at 6pm on Friday evening.

The tenth round of the 2021 F1 World Championship which will take place from July 16-18 will see the sport trial its first ever Saturday sprint qualifying event, the outcome of which will determine the grid for Sunday's race.

Friday's schedule will include an opening 60-minute free practice session and a 60-minute qualifying session – for Saturday's sprint race - that will unfold according to the normal three-segment format.

However, Silverstone has pushed back both Friday sessions in a bid to allow fans to make it to the Northamptonshire track for the afternoon action and potentially boost attendance numbers.

Friday's first free practice is therefore scheduled to start at 2:30pm while qualifying will be held 6pm.

Saturday's F1 action will kick off with FP2 at 12pm, with the sprint race starting at 4:30pm. Regarding the latter, points will be distributed to the top three finishers.

Formula 1 will evaluate its novel sprint qualifying format at three venues this season, with Monza and Interlagos expected to complete the three-race trial after Silverstone.

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"We are excited by this new opportunity that will bring our fans an even more engaging race weekend in 2021," stated F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali. "Seeing the drivers battling it out over three days will be an amazing experience,” he said.

"I am sure the drivers will relish the fight. I am delighted that all the teams supported this plan, and it is a testament to our united efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain committed to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport."

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