Singapore is one of the strictest nations in terms of its response to the potential spread of alternate strains of coronavirus. The country remains on the UK green list for travel though that status is reviewable every three weeks.
Reports originating from the BBC suggest that F1 is currently exploring three alternatives. The Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for April 11 as the second round of the ’21 season could make a return to the schedule.
An additional race at the Circuit of the Americas is also under consideration, with F1 set to arrive in the US in late October, three weeks after the original Singapore GP race date.
Turkey could also get a reprieve after it was picked as the replacement for the cancelled Canadian Grand Prix and then fell from the reformatted calendar, due to Covid-19 fears.
The continuing changes to the calendar could have a significant impact on the title battle. None of the potential replacements for the Singapore Grand Prix are likely to feature the high October temperatures of the city state, where Mercedes might have expected its cars to manage tyres better than the Red Bulls. Mark Hughes examines the implications further in this week’s MPH column.
The Singapore Grand Prix was originally scheduled to be the middle race in a triple header with the Russian and Japanese Grands Prix. It is unclear if the new race date would still form part of a triple-header.
It will be the second consecutive year Singapore hasn’t staged a round of the F1 World Championship following the cancellation of last year’s event.
Other non-European races set to be staged later this year are also under threat though currently there is no indication any more races are set to be dropped from the calendar imminently.