Singapore Grand Prix Has Been Cancelled
The news we were all hoping wouldn't happen, has just come in.
While we all knew that with the current global situation, the upcoming Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix actually happening was a long shot, we were still surprised when the news came in a couple of hours ago.
With Japan and Azerbaijan also cancelling their Grand Prix sessions, Singapore cited the long lead times required to construct street circuits and the safety of their workforces and customers as the main reasons the difficult decision was made.
Speaking of the news, Mr Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd said: “While there are still more than three months to go before the scheduled race on 20 September, we regret to announce that we will be unable to proceed with the race due to the prohibitions imposed on access and construction of the event venue required for a street race to be held in the city. Confirmation of the cancellation will also give certainty to our fans, ticketholders, and commercial partners. Apart from the closure of the event venue, other challenges include ongoing mass gathering and worldwide travel restrictions. These and other measures were understandably put in place by the Singapore Government and the various authorities to prioritise safety and are targeted to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. With these limitations, which continue to remain in place, building and construction work of the circuit, which normally commences in May, have not been able to commence. We are therefore unable to complete the race circuit infrastructure in time for the race to take place. The last few months have been extremely challenging on all fronts, and we have now made this difficult decision which Formula 1 and our stakeholders accept we have had to take. Ultimately, the health and safety of our contractors and their workers, spectators, Formula 1 crew, staff and volunteer marshals is our number one priority and we thank everyone for their patience and unwavering support thus far. While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to host the race this year, we look forward to welcoming fans to the race next season and wish the Formula 1 community well as it starts its season in July.”
Following up, Ms Ong Ling Lee, the Director for Sports of the Singapore Tourism Board said: “The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) supports the joint decision by race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd and Formula 1 to cancel the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2020, as this safeguards the health and wellbeing of participants, fans and all Singaporeans. Since 2008, the F1 race has generated benefits for both Singapore and the F1 franchise, with many local businesses actively involved in race preparations and operations. We take pride in our track record of hosting the first and only F1 night street race for the past 12 years, and we look forward to its return next year.”
Singapore Grand Prix will provide ticketholders with automatic refunds within the next 30 days or the option to rollover their tickets to next year’s events.
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