With the announcement that the Australian and Chinese Grand Prix’s have been postponed, just how will the 2021 Formula 1 calendar reshuffle impact an already tight schedule?
Formula 1 have confirmed the postponement of the Australian GP. While the Chinese GP has also been placed on hold.
With the current Covid-19 quarantine restrictions in place for Australia, it was reported only to be a matter of time until F1 would cancel the Australian GP as the 2021 season opener.
The Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain will now take on the role of launching the 2021 Formula 1 season, due to kick off on March 28.
2021 CALENDAR UPDATE
🇧🇭 Season starts in Bahrain 26-28 Mar
🇦🇺 Australia moves to 19-21 Nov
🇮🇹 Imola returns 16-18 Apr; China discussions ongoing
— Formula 1 (@F1) January 12, 2021
Meanwhile, the Australian GP has been pushed back to the weekend of November 21, making up the third last race of the 2021 Formula 1 season. However, while Australia has been allocated a replacement date, subject to FIA approval, China will likely only play host should there be a race cancellation throughout the year.
Other announcements released by Formula 1 include the addition of Imola as a replacement for China, now set for April 18. With Portimao in Portugal likely to take up the current TBC slot scheduled for May 2.
How the calendar reshuffle impacts the season
The first half of the Formula 1 season remains largely unaffected. However, after the mid-season summer break, teams will be feeling the pinch.
The reshuffle will see three separate triple-headers take place. Something that drivers and teams alike were hoping to avoid this year.
The first being Belgium (Spa), the Netherlands (Zandvoort) and Italy (Monza). Followed by Russia (Sochi), Singapore (Marina Bay) and Japan (Suzuka). With the USA (Austin), Mexico (Mexico City) and Brazil (Sao Paulo) making up the final triple-header.
2021 saw a record breaking 23-races announced for the season. And with F1 seemingly pushing ahead with calendar amendments, the pressure on constructors will only ramp up from here.
- 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 (Marina Bay)
- 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)