A first look at the potential of the 2021 Formula 1 calendar has leaked with some changes included.
This season, F1 will have to adapt and cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, canceling its original schedule for a new 17-race championship based in Europe with the final triple-header in the Middle East.
As noted by CEO Chase Carey this week, F1 aims to return to a more normal calendar next year, starting once again in March and ending in early December in Abu Dhabi.
22 races are also expected, just as originally intended in 2020, while no new races included in the revised calendar are maintained.
There is some conflicting information regarding where exactly the championship will start, such as Racer Australian reports will remain the opening race, in the interim F1i.com claim Bahrain will have the honor with Melbourne turning to October.
Commenting on a potential 2021 date earlier this month, Australian GP CEO Andrew Westacott hinted that all options were on the table.
“Our discussions with Formula 1 and also with Dorna, who runs MotoGP, are carried out regularly and are very, very positive in every way,” MotorsportWeek citing him as telling SpeedCafe.com.
“What I know for these two motorsport calendars is that they both intend to put out their provisional calendars for the 2021 season in mid to late October.
“What this means for Formula 1 is that Melbourne will be in the opening slot for the traditional March season on the provisional calendar.
“What it means for MotoGP is that Phillip Island will be in its traditional slot at the end of October on the MotoGP calendar.”
However, Westacott made it clear that one thing Australia could not happen to be a repeat of last-minute cancellations at F1 this year.
“We are adopting an approach that, if you want to use the wording, is modular, extensible, adaptable, flexible, and has to be sensible and very, very secure,” he added.
“My optimistic approach is that we will be ready to have an audience at Albert Park by the end of March.
“[But] Grand Prix companies, governments, and Formula 1 all have to realize that decisions have to be made on this side of Christmas.
“It will be, obviously, a collective decision, but once it is locked up, we need to commit because it’s not in anyone’s interest to cancel the March cancellation this year.”
At another place, F1i.com placing Baku in April, having initially moved back to June for the year before the cancellation, while the Vietnamese and Dutch GPs retained their start dates for their season.
Spain, which has yet to announce a new racing contract for next year, is also included, while the rest of the European season will return to normal pre-Covid conditions.
The only new race for 2021 will be the entry of the GP of Saudi Arabia on the streets of Jeddah, immediately taking place at the November Brazilian Grand Prix.
This is because the Interlagos contract expires at the end of this year, and the construction of a controversial new circuit in Rio de Janeiro now looks unlikely to be ready in time, if it keeps going at all.
see F1i.com complete temporary calendar below.
|1||Bahrain GP (Bahrain)||March 14th|
|2||Vietnamese GP (Hanoi)||March 28|
|3||Chinese GP (Shanghai)||April 11th|
|4||Azerbaijan GP (Raw)||April 25th|
|5||Dutch GP (Zandvoort)||May 2nd|
|6||Spanish GP (Barcelona)||May 9th|
|7||Monaco GP (Montecarlo)||23 May|
|8||Canadian GP (Montreal)||June 6|
|9||Austrian GP (Spielberg)||20 June|
|10||French GP (Paul Ricard)||27 June|
|11||British GP (Silverstone)||July 11th|
|12||Hungarian GP (Budapest)||July 25th|
|13||Belgian GP (Spa)||August 29|
|14||Italian GP (Monza)||September 5th|
|15||Russian GP (Sochi)||19 September|
|16||Singapore GP (Marina Bay)||26 September|
|17||Japanese GP (Suzuka)||October 10th|
|18||Australian GP (Melbourne)||October 24th|
|19||US GP (Austin)||November 7th|
|20||Mexican GP (Mexico)||November 14th|
|21||GP of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)||November 28th|
|22||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina)||November 5|