This year’s Singapore F1 Grand Prix has been canceled, F1 and race promoters Singapore GP said on Friday (June 12).
The announcement regarding the Sept 20 event, one of the highlights of the local sporting calendar, had been widely expected, given the severe disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic both locally and internationally.
Singapore GP said it was unable to proceed with the race due to the prohibitions imposed on access and construction of the event venue. Such works around the 5.063km Marina Bay Street Circuit, which normally start in May, have not commenced and will not be completed in time for the race in three months.
It also noted other challenges including ongoing mass gathering and worldwide travel restrictions due to Covid-19. After all, 40 per cent of the Singapore race’s spectators are from overseas while the race weekend also boasts top international music acts that form part of the unique night race experience.
Singapore GP deputy chairman Colin Syn added: “The last few months have been extremely challenging on all fronts, and we have now made this difficult decision which Formula One and our stakeholders accept we have had to take.
“Ultimately, the health and safety of our contractors and their workers, spectators, Formula One crew, staff and volunteer marshals is our number one priority and we thank everyone for their patience and unwavering support thus far.”
Singapore GP said it will provide ticket holders with automatic refunds within 30 business days, or a rollover option to next year’s event. Those who bought tickets through authorised ticketing partners should contact them for refunds.
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