The lights along the Marina Bay Street Circuit will not be coming on this 1-3 October after all — Singapore GP has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix due to ongoing safety and logistic concerns due to Covid-19.
"To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore," said Colin Syn, deputy chairman, Singapore GP.
The race promoter head added that Covid-19 meant that the team "would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come to expect over the years," and that ultimately, "we have to be responsible, cautious and prudent as safety is our number one concern".
Ong Ling Lee, director, sports at Singapore Tourism Board acknowledged the mega sports event brings along benefits for both Singapore and the Formula 1 franchise, including the many local businesses involved in race preparations and operations that will continue to be affected by this second cancellation in a row.
"We are working closely with Singapore GP, Formula 1 and other government agencies to determine the future of the race...[and] a mutually beneficial outcome for all parties," she said.
Tickets for 2021's race has not yet been released, but ticket holders who deferred their 2020 tickets to this year will receive full refunds from Singapore GP.