The Singapore Grand Prix may return to Singapore next year if Covid-19 disappears from the face of the earth by then, or if there is already a vaccine in place to keep the virus at bay.
A statement by F1 has indicated that it is on track to have fans return to watch the races in 2021.
While Singapore is on the schedule, Vietnam’s proposed race in Hanoi has been taken off the schedule, which will be a boon for Singapore as it remains the only race in Southeast Asia.
A street race in the capital Hanoi was due to make its debut in April this year before it was called off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The date of the Vietnam race, 25 April, was left blank on a 22-race schedule for 2021 published on Tuesday by F1.
The 2021 season is scheduled to start in Australia on 21 March and end in Abu Dhabi on 5 December.
Following the experience of establishing this year’s truncated season, and talks with the countries involved for 2021, F1 said it was confident it would be able to run its calendar next year as long as the global pandemic does not take a major turn for the worse.
An F1 statement said: “The plans for 2021 have involved extensive dialogue with all promoters and their local and national authorities at a time of ongoing fluidity related to the global pandemic.
“Formula 1 and the FIA put in place robust health and safety measures to allow the revised 2020 season to restart and run effectively.
“Our hosts for 2021 are reassured by our safe return to racing this season and confident that the plans and procedures we have in place will allow us to return to a level of normality for the 2021 season.”
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