2021 Australian F1 Grand Prix and MotoGP race canceled

    McLaren's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo drives during the qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

    The Australian Grand Prix has been axed for the second year in a row with the 21st round of the Formula One championship a victim of the country's tight border controls, organizers said on Tuesday.

    "We regret to announce that the 2021 Australian Grand Prix has been canceled due to restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," organizers said in a statement of the Nov. 21 race.
    The Australian round of the MotoGP world championship, scheduled for Phillip Island on Oct. 24, was also canceled for the second successive year.
        "The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting travel complications and logistical restrictions mean it has not been possible to confirm the viability of the event at this time, and it will therefore not feature on the 2021 calendar," organizers said.