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Published on January 12th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair

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Formula 1 2021: Season Starts in Bahrain, Returns To Imola

The Melbourne GP has been pushed back to 21 November, while Chinese GP dates are still being discussed.

Formula 1 is still severely affected by the pandemic, though it’s doing better than it did last year and is adjusting itself accordingly. The 2021 season which was supposed to begin in Melbourne now sees a return to Bahrain on the 28th of March.

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Travel restrictions in Australia and China have pushed back these Grand Prix events. While the Melbourne GP will most like get moved back to 21 November, race organisers are still in talks with the Chinese authorities for their slot on the 2nd of May. The Italian Imola circuit returns once again to help fill the gaps with a possibility that Portimao may also be used.

Provisional Formula 1 Calendar for 2021 Season:

  • 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)

*Revisions to calendar are subject to World Motor Sport Council approval **Subject to circuit homologation

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Here’s the press release with more.

PRESS RELEASE

Formula 1 has revealed a revised calendar for the 2021 season. The F1 schedule retains a record 23 races, but the 2021 season will now start a week later with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28, with the Australian Grand Prix moving later in the year.

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions in place the 2021 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place on its planned date, with Imola returning to the F1 calendar in that slot. Discussions with the promoter and authorities in China are ongoing, with the potential to reschedule the race later in the season if possible.

The TBC race in the calendar will be announced in due course and will take place on the new date of 2nd May.

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