The Formula 1 2021 calendar has been reshuffled with two of the deliberate first three races not happening on their unique dates, as Bahrain will get set to host the season-opener on the finish of March adopted by the return of Imola.
The document 23-race schedule revealed in November had Australia opening on March 21, adopted every week later by Bahrain and then China on April 11.
But due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions, the Australian GP has now been postponed again to November 21, whereas the Chinese GP may even not happen on its scheduled date – with no new slot confirmed.
The Bahrain GP will now turn out to be the opener at Sakhir on March 28, whereas F1 is ready to return to Imola – which was one of many European races drafted in final 12 months however wasn’t on the unique 2021 schedule – on April 18 for the second race, successfully as a China substitute.
F1 nonetheless hopes to run a 23-race calendar, and Portimao in Portugal is anticipated to maintain a race within the present ‘TBC’ slot – which was beforehand held for Vietnam – on May 2.
Portimao hosted a Grand Prix for the primary time final 12 months as F1 managed to run a 17-race marketing campaign regardless of delays and cancellations, whereas Imola, the much-loved Italian circuit and former host of the San Marino GP, was introduced again for the primary time since 2006.
Explaining F1’s up to date 2021 calendar
The revised calendar means the 2021 season will start every week later than anticipated, and finish every week later.
After the primary three races of 2021, the ‘European’ season is unchanged with races in Spain – which just lately sealed a brand new contract – and Monaco earlier than venturing to Azerbaijan and Canada. Rounds in France, Austria, Silverstone and Hungary will then take the game to the August summer season break.
But the second half of the season has been altered barely to accommodate the Australian GP in Melbourne – which can host the third-last race of the marketing campaign for the primary time.
The Brazilian GP at Interlagos has been moved ahead every week to November 7 and will type a triple header after races within the USA and Mexico. It would be the third triple header of the season, and end in 9 races in 11 weeks.
v2 of the 2021 F1 calendar. Still 23 races scheduled together with 9 ‘flyaways’ between finish of Sept and mid December 😳 I’ll be amazed if there’s not additional revisions until the world heals in a terrific hurry, however final season demonstrated F1 could be safely and flexibly delivered. https://t.co/xtu2R0yytL
— Martin Brundle 💙 (@MBrundleF1) January 12, 2021
The Australian GP is then set for November 21, whereas the double-header within the Middle East to shut the season has been pushed again every week. The debut Saudi Arabia race in Jeddah is now scheduled for December 5 earlier than the finale in Abu Dhabi on December 12.
The Chinese GP is just seemingly to take its place again on the 2021 calendar if one other race drops out.
Stating that its postponement was due to ‘ongoing journey restrictions’, F1 mentioned ‘discussions with the promoter and authorities in China are ongoing with the potential to reschedule the race later within the season if attainable’.
Revised F1 2021 calendar
March 28 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
April 18 – Italy (Imola)*
May 2 – TBC (TBC)
May 9 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 23 – Monaco (Monaco)
June 6 – Azerbaijan (Baku)
June 13 – Canada (Montreal)
June 27 – France (Le Castellet)
July 4 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 18 – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
August 1 – Hungary (Budapest)
August 29 – Belgium (Spa)
September 5 – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
September 12 – Italy (Monza)
September 26 – Russia (Sochi)
October 3 – Singapore (Singapore)
October 10 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 24 – USA (Austin)
October 31 – Mexico (Mexico City)
November 7 – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
November 21 – Australia (Melbourne)*
December 5 – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)**
December 12 – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)
*Revisions to calendar are topic to World Motor Sport Council approval
**Subject to circuit homologation