Turkey was added to the 2021 calendar as a substitute for the cancelled Canadian Grand Prix on the finish of April, taking the 13 June date slot, one week after the Azerbaijan race in Baku.
However recent doubts have been raised of the race after Turkey was added to the UK’s ‘crimson record’ for journey, which means anybody returning to the UK must complete a 10-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel.
One recommended resolution was a date swap for Azerbaijan and Turkey, making certain that UK-based employees would have the ability to spend sufficient time exterior of Turkey earlier than returning residence to keep away from the 10-day quarantine.
However Baku Metropolis Circuit government director Arif Rahimov stated a date swap was not possible given Baku could be internet hosting a UEFA Euro 2020 match the next weekend.
Wales will play Switzerland on the Olympic Stadium in Baku on 12 June, within the first of 5 video games town will host of the delayed soccer match.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90
Photograph by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images
“There have been talks, however in our case, our race weekend is de facto mounted,” Rahimov instructed choose media together with Autosport in a media briefing on Wednesday.
“It was form of squeezed in-between all the opposite occasions taking place within the metropolis, as a result of the soccer continues to be going forward.
“The primary recreation might be on June 12, which is on the Saturday following the race weekend. So there’s not a lot that we are able to do when it comes to we’re not very versatile this yr.
“I suppose if it was some other yr the place we’re the one main occasion on the calendar of Baku, then yeah, that would have been an choice. However not this yr.”
F1 continues to be evaluating choices for the Turkish Grand Prix and potential replacements, together with the staging of a further occasion at one of many present European rounds.
Azerbaijan will return to the F1 calendar this yr following the cancellation of final yr’s race because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however announced in March that it would run the race without spectators.
Rahimov defined that the organisers in Baku have been left with “doing 40% of the work” because of the sizeable variety of fan occasions sometimes placed on surrounding the race.
“We’ve performed so many issues for them in earlier years, all of the entertainments alongside the promenade,” Rahimov stated.
“We’ve performed live shows, we often do three live shows yearly, only for the race, doing afterparties, and pit lane walks, you title it, there’s plenty of stuff to be performed for the spectators, which we’re not doing this yr.
“The one factor left is clearly taking good care of issues through the pandemic, and ensuring that everybody is secure. That corresponds to individuals working for the circuit, like our contractors and all of the stakeholders.
“For that, we’re taking the standard precautions, sporting masks, private hygiene, all these issues mandated by WHO and in our nation.
“I wouldn’t say it’s sophisticated. It’s simply totally different, sadly to the more severe aspect.”