Red Bull and Alpha Tauri engine supplier Honda have shared their disappointment after the news that the Japanese Grand Prix was cancelled.
The news comes after Formula 1 released a statement saying: “The decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country.”
This also makes Japan the third country to miss out on hosting an F1 race this season, with Australia and Canada already being removed from the 23-race season schedule.
But for the Japanese company Honda who sponsor the race, they will miss out on a farewell celebratory weekend at their home circuit, with the manufacturer leaving F1 at the end of the season.
Honda have since shared their disappointment with a statement, saying: “It is unfortunate that, for a second consecutive year, it has not been possible to hold the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix at Suzuka.
“The 2021 season is now heading for an exciting climax and we will be giving our all, fighting hard all the way to achieve our goal of winning the championships as this Honda Formula 1 project comes to an end and we hope our fans will continue to support us.”
The race will be replaced by another circuit in due course, alongside the replacement of the Australian Grand Prix, which was initially scheduled for November, with F1 insisting the season will meet its 23-race target by the end of the year.