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Formula One has announced that the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled, with organisers blaming "ongoing complexities" related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The race, which was also cancelled last season because of the pandemic, was scheduled to return to the calendar in mid-October.
But those plans have now been shelved as F1 bosses face up to another reshuffle during one of the most exciting seasons in years.
It is the fifth race to be cancelled or postponed this season following the Australian, Canadian, Singapore and Chinese Grand Prix.
A statement from Formula One read: "Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan 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.
"Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks.
"Formula 1 has proven this year, and in 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and is excited by the level of interest in locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond."
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