Formula 1 has updated the race calendar for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship in response to the evolving covid-19 pandemic. The Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March is now set to be the season opener, with the Australian Grand Prix postponed until 21 November.
The Australian Grand Prix is not the only race that won’t take place on its planned date. The Chinese Grand Prix will no longer go ahead on 11 April due to ongoing travel restrictions. Discussions with the promoter and authorities in China are ongoing with the potential to reschedule the race later in the season if possible. Imola replaces China, but on the later date of 18 April, and it will be the first European round of the 2021 campaign. The TBC race that follows is still to be announced and will take place on the new date of 2 May.
The revised date for the Australian Grand Prix sees the São Paolo Grand Prix brought forward a week to 7 November, while F1’s inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on the streets of Jeddah has been pushed back to 5 December. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix remains the season finale but on the new date of 12 December.
The updated 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship is as follows:
|27 June||France||Le Castellet|
|18 July||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|31 October||Mexico||Mexico City|
|7 November||Brazil||São Paulo|
|5 December||Saudi Arabia||Jeddah**|
|12 December||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi|
*Revisions to calendar are subject to World Motor Sport Council approval
**Subject to circuit homologation
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