Formula One postponed the Australian Grand Prix from March to November as a result of it could not have been potential for a whole lot of crew employees to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival, the sports activities minister of Victoria state mentioned on Wednesday.
The Melbourne race is often the season-opener however was given a brand new date of Nov. 21 in modifications introduced to the 2021 schedule on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 disaster. The season will now begin in Bahrain on March 28.
The Australian Open tennis Grand Slam begins in Melbourne subsequent month and Victoria’s sports activities minister, Martin Pakula mentioned it was simpler for that sport to cope with the quarantine guidelines.
“Tennis has been able to do that … but it’s not something that has been possible for Formula One,” Pakula instructed reporters.
“In those circumstances … when you’ve got the combination of that, the number of returning Australians … in our view that made it better to have a Grand Prix later in the year if that was possible.
“One of the beauties of shopping for your self 10 months is that I believe issues will look completely different in November to how they appear in January.”
Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief executive Andrew Westacott said preparations for Formula One race would have been affected if it went ahead in March, with team staff spending most of their time in hotel rooms.
“When you take a look at the preparations of establishing very massive companies … and the logistics and challenges they face coming into a brand new season, it wasn’t potential to have them function in a strict quarantine association,” Westacott mentioned.
Pakula mentioned he hoped that the race may return to its conventional slot in 2022.