Will the WRC cancel its 2021 tournament? Ott Tänak thinks it's a possibility

The current champion questioned the holding of next year's contest because the category does not have an effective anti-COVID-19 protocol.

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Undoubtedly, the F1 and a MotoGP have managed to face the coronavirus stoically from the creation of a protocol that allowed him to overcome any contingency and not cancel any of the rescheduled tests. The WRC, on the other hand, he has not had that luck.

In fact, only five dates have been made and of the new scheduled, one was canceled last week: the Ypres Rally, which was to be played from November 19 to 22, due to the situation with the COVID-19 in Belgium.

This led the Estonian to reflect Ott Tänak on the status of the category that has him as leader. "The cancellation of the Ypres Rally is due to very obvious reasons and there really was no other option."said the pilot of Hyundai a Motorsport.

"The current circumstances in the world are extreme, but still it is a shame to see how other disciplines of motorsport can come up with a plan to coexist with COVID and the WRC only has the hope of being able to carry out events", He added.

"The first part of next year currently doesn't look much different (in terms of the COVID-19 infection rate) and if we continue with the same (approach), next year we won't have any championships." concluded.

Ott Tanak
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Despite Tänak, the WRC would not have a great chance of reversing this situation. At least that is clear from the statements of Yves matton, FIA Rally Director. "By its nature the rally touches the communities we visit and we cannot isolate ourselves from the environment that surrounds us", He explained.

“The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly and each country, each region, has different rules and restrictions to handle the pandemic. In this context, it is difficult, and in some cases impossible, to set a deadline to determine whether an event can take place or not.

Against this background, the question inevitably arises, will there be a 2021 WRC season?

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