Formula 1 Bahrain start, Australia postponed, Imola in
As expected, changes have been confirmed for the 2021 Formula 1 calendar, with the championship not beginning in Australia but in Bahrain.
The other notable change is that the second circuit of the year will be Imola, Italy, in April.
The Australian race has been postponed until autumn and so the season will open in Sakhir, Bahrain, on March 26-28, the first of 23 races.
There have also been changes to the dates of the races in Brazil and Saudi Arabia, while no date has yet been set for the race in China.
The season, much affected by COVID-19, is due to end on December 12, and more changes could be in store before then, such as the addition of Portimao, which is being discussed.
Formula 1 are confident of having spectators at races this season, local restrictions allowing, and felt it was important to maintain a 23-race season.
“It’s been a very busy start to the year for F1 and we are pleased to confirm that the number of races planned for the season has not changed,” said Stefano Domenicali, F1 CEO.
“Obviously, the virus situation remains fluid, but we have the experience from last season with all our partners and promoters to adapt accordingly and safely in 2021.”
The pre-season tests will take place in Bahrain from March 12 to 14, meaning that Barcelona will not be the host them from March 2 to 4 as previously planned.
The idea in moving the venue and date is to allow manufacturers to leave vehicles in Bahrain ahead of the first race of the season proper.
March 28 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
18 April 18 – Italy (Imola)
May 2 – TBC
May 9 – Spain (Montmelo)
May 23 – Monaco (Montecarlo)
June 6 – Azerbaijan (Baku)
June 13 – Canada (Montreal)
June 27 – France (Paul Ricard)
July 4 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 18 – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
August 1 – Hungary (Hungaroring)
August 29 – Belgium (Spa)
September 5 – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
September 12 – Italy (Monza)
September 26 – Russia (Sochi)
October 3 – Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 10 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 24 – USA (Austin)
October 31 – Mexico (Hermanos Rodriguez)
November 7 – Brazil (Interlagos)
November 21 – Australia (Albert Park)
December 5 – Saudi Arabia (Yeda)
December 12 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)