Formula 1 fans’ brace yourselves, the F1 governing body has just released the schedule for the 2021 season, and there are a few unexpected races included.
According to the F1 2021 calendar, two of the planned first three races will no longer take place on their original dates. The initial 23-race schedule published in November 2020 had Australia hosting the first race of the season, followed a week later by Bahrain Grand Prix, and then China on April 11.
Now, it looks as though the schedule has gone through quite the shakeup, as the Australian GP has now been postponed back to November 21, 2021 while the Chinese GP will also not take place on its original scheduled date, with no new time slot confirmed for the Chinese GP yet. This means the Bahrain Grand Prix will now be the first race for the 2021 season, which takes place on March 28, 2021.
As you would expect, the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in a number of cities around the world are to blame for the rescheduling.
The 2021 season will also see the return of the Imola in Italy, which will be used to fill the missing Chinese Grand Prix slot on April 18.
The third race of the season, which takes place on May 2 is still left vacant, but it is believed Portugal’s Portimao circuit will fill that slot, according to reports from Sky News, although F1 has yet to confirm that.
Take a look at the current 2021 schedule below:
- 28 March – Bahrain (Sakhir)
- 18 April – Italy (Imola*)
- 2 May – TBC
- 9 May – Spain (Barcelona)
- 23 May – Monaco (Monaco)
- 6 June – Azerbaijan (Baku)
- 13 June – Canada (Montreal)
- 27 June – France (Le Castellet)
- 4 July – Austria (Spielberg)
- 18 July – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
- 1 August – Hungary (Budapest)
- 29 August – Belgium (Spa)
- 5 September – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
- 12 September – Italy (Monza)
- 26 September – Russia (Sochi)
- 3 October – Singapore (Singapore)
- 10 October – Japan (Suzuka)
- 24 October – USA (Austin)
- 31 October – Mexico (Mexico City)
- 7 November – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
- 21 November – Australia (Melbourne*)
- 5 December – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah**)
- 12 December – Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)