Formula 1 has published a revised racing calendar for 2021. The start of the season in Australia is postponed to November and the race at Imola replaces the Chinese Grand Prix.
These changes were made in response to travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the current COWID-19 pandemic.
The season now starts on March 28 in Bahrain and will last a week longer than originally planned. The final race in Abu Dhabi is scheduled for 12th. December postponed. This makes way at the end of the season for the Australian Grand Prix on the 21st. November between the Brazilian Grand Prix and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Imola, where last year’s Grand Prix was on the postponed calendar, will host the second race of the year on the 18th. April, the location of the third race on the 2nd. May is not yet confirmed.
Portimao, which hosted the Portuguese Grand Prix in 2020, would also compete for a second race at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, which hosts the 9th a week later. The Spanish Grand Prix takes place in May.
Formula One has announced that talks are underway with the race promoter to reschedule the Chinese Grand Prix, but it is not yet known where it will be on the rescheduled schedule.
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Revised 2021 Schedule F1
28. Mars, GP Bahrain, Sahir
18. April, GP Emilia-Romagna, Imola*
2. May, confirm
9. May, GP Spain, Circuit de Catalunya
23. May, Monaco GP, Monte Carlo
6. June, Azerbaijan GP, Baku
13. June, GP Canada, Montreal
27. June, GP France, Paul Ricard
4. July, Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring
18. July, British GP, Silverstone
1. Augustus, Hungarian physician, Budapest
29. August, Belgian GP, Spa-Fracorchamps
5. September, GP Netherlands, Zandvoort
12. September, Italian GP, Monza
26. September, Russia GP, Sochi
3. October, Singapore GP, Marina Bay
10. October, Japan GP, Suzuka
24. October, U.USA GP, Austin
31. October, Mexico GP, Mexico City
7. November, Brazil GP, Sao Paulo
21. November, Australia GP, Melbourne*
5. December, Saudi Arabia GP, Jeddah**
12. December, Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina
*Schedule changes must be approved by the World Motor Sport Council
**Schedule approval is confirmed.
For now, the 2021 calendar holds a record 23 races and will be full by the end of the year in hopes that travel restrictions will be eased.
It has been a busy start to the year in Formula One and we are pleased to confirm that the number of races planned for the season remains unchanged, said Stefano Domenicali, the new Formula One CEO.
The global pandemic has not yet led to a return to normal, but we have shown in 2020 that we are the first international sport to be able to return safely, and that we have experience and plans for the season.
The good news is that we have already been able to agree to move the Australian Grand Prix to November, and we continue to work with our Chinese counterparts to find a solution for the race there in 2021 if anything changes.
We are happy to announce that Imola will be back for the 2021 season. We know that our fans are looking forward to the return of Formula 1 after the winter break and our new inaugural season in Bahrain.
Of course the virus situation is still evolving, but we have the experience of last season with all our partners and organizers to adapt to it in a safe way in 2021.
The pre-season tests are due to take place two weeks before the race in Bahrain, although the dates have not yet been confirmed.
Question marks also hang over the first two road races of the year in Monaco and Baku, which require more preparation time and are much more difficult to run without a crowd behind closed doors.
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