The 2021 F1 calendar has not been officially confirmed yet. However based on details announced previously we already know of at least 17 races which are expected to take place in the 73rd running of the world championship.
The traditional Formula 1 season-opener Australian Grand Prix could be in jeopardy for the 2021 season. This after host city Melbourne’s state Victoria announced the extension of the covid-19 lockdown for the next 6 months. Australian GP is held in February, so this announcement could directly impact its scheduling. The Australian GP 2020 was also cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
If Melbourne pulls out, it presents an opportunity for Victoria’s rivals South Australia to bid for the season-opener. This was given a boost after South Australia’s premier Steven Marshall hinted at the same. He has confirmed the state would support the Grand Prix to be held in their town of Tailen Bend.
The circuit in question is The Bend Motorsport Park, located 100km from South Australia’s capital Adelaide. According to Marshall, The Bend is “one of the very best racing circuits globally”.
The chances the Australian Grand Prix will be driven at the beginning of the 2021 season are extremely slim, German F1- journalist Ralf Bach reports at Inside F1. It will be the second time in a row that the race at Albert Park will not be the opening of the Formula 1 season.
“The FOM and the FIA are currently thinking about this,” says Bach. “At the moment there is little chance that next year’s season will start in Australia. Stories are circulating that the race will not take place until November instead”.
A full calendar for the coming season will not come soon. Just like this season, expect a schedule that will gradually be filled up with new Grands Prix. For the organisation there are too many uncertainties to come up with a full calendar right now. The goal is to start again with eight races and then expand step by step.
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F1 2020 NEXT RACE
|Russia ||27 Sep|
|10h00 - 11h30||Free practice 1|
|14h00 - 15h30||Free practice 2|
|11h00 - 12h00||Free practice 3|
|14h00 - 15h00||Qualification|
|14h10 - 16h10||Race|