It is the most iconic race on the Formula One calendar, but it looks like the Monaco Grand Prix is set to be cancelled for a second consecutive year.
The race which sees sone of the fastest cars in the world race through the narrow streets of the principality to a backdrop of the worlds famous casino and the luxury yachts in the harbour is instantly recognisable, even to those who are not fans of motorsport.
However, it now looks like it will not be staged in 2021, along with the other street races in Azerbaijan and Canada,
No official confirmation has yet been made, however.
All three were cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and, with the global health crisis showing no signs of abating, they seem set to suffer a similar fate in 2021.
That is because. Although Formula One managed to stage almost a full season I the end in 2020, all those races took place on specially built circuits, away from main centres of population.
Street races are different because they take months of planning and organisation to make them fit to host a Formula One race, and local organisers are unwilling to commit themselves to the effort involved, when there are significant doubts as to whether the authorities will allow the races to be held.
In addition, Canada has temporarily closed its borders to foreigners, and has in place a raft of strict anti-Covid measures.
However, the slots in the schedule are unlikely to stay vacant with a contingency plan being developed, which would see Istanbul, Mugello in Italy, and the Nrburgring in Germany host races instead. All three were pressed into service for the first time in years in 2020, as the sport had to adapt to the demands placed on it by the global health crisis by adopting a primarily European itinerary.
The Australian Grand Prix has already been postponed from March to November, whilst the fate of the Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for April is yet to be determined.