Is the Brazilian Grand Prix heading for cancellation 2 years in a row?
Interlagos might be forced to cancel the Brazilian 2021 race as COVID-19 is running rife in Brazil with low vaccination rates.
The famous Interlagos circuit, located in Sao Paulo, might be forced to cancel its F1 race, for the second time in as many years, as Brazil is struggling to contain Covid-19 cases. Brazil hasn't been able to hold a race since 2019 after the 2020 race was cancelled due to the current pandemic. Brazil has reported over 45k cases on 29th July 2019 over a period of 7 days.
Brazil has reported a 7 day average of 45k cases on July 29th 2021. Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University, Our World In Data
The amount of new cases reported daily in Brazil may vary, as the data reported is the rolling 7-day average. Cases in Brazil have not been below 10,000 since March 2020, and while the cases are evening out, that might still not be enough for Interlagos to keep the race going. It will lose money if it cancels, but it could be inevitable that the race is cancelled, or at bare minimum, held behind closed doors.
Brazil risks not hosting another race again if Interlagos cancels, money could be lost and it may have to abandon its deal due to financial reasons brought up from Covid. Rio was also in mind, but the infamous Tilkedrome was scrapped, much to the delight of Formula 1 fans and environmentalists.