Report: F1 considering Turkish GP as Montreal replacement

Canadian race under threat as nation suffers sweeping third wave of Covid-19.

Report: F1 considering Turkish GP as Montreal replacement

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  • Germany's Nürburgring also touted as a race option
  • Formula One looking to replace Canadian GP with European race

The Formula One Commission is set to discuss plans regarding the Canadian Grand Prix's possible re-location to Turkey due to rising Covid-19 cases, according to Race Fans.

Previously news outlets in Canada suggested that the Grand Prix has already been cancelled, but that is still yet to be officially confirmed.

Canada, however, is currently facing a third wave of Covid-19 cases, with new international variants of the virus causing concern and casting doubts over the possibility of Formula One being able to host its planned race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve near Montreal.

The Canadian Grand Prix was originally slated to take place on 13th June, one week after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which is set to take place behind closed doors.

If the Canadian Grand Prix is unable to go ahead, Formula One is reportedly looking to replace it with a race in Europe, which is logistically more convenient for the teams and series.

Germany's famous Nürburgring is also an option for Formula One, according to Race Fans. A Grand Prix was added to that circuit last minute during the 2020 season, but Race Fans reports that Turkey is offering better financial terms.

The Istanbul Park-based race was a standard feature on the Formula One calendar from 2005 to 2011 and returned last-minute in 2020 amid an adjusted calendar.