(Motorsport-Total.com) – Formula 1 will be planning over 23 races in the 2021 season with a calendar. A first draft of the calendar was given to the teams at a meeting of the Formula 1 Commission yesterday, Monday. According to information from ‘Motorsport-Total.com’, it includes all originally planned races for the 2020 season as well as a new Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia.
The 2021 Formula 1 season is scheduled to begin in Melbourne on March 21
Races that jumped in 2020 such as Portimao, Mugello or Imola, however, do not appear in the first draft, just like a Formula 1 race in Germany at the Hockenheimring or the Nürburgring.
In addition to the planned new race, the biggest changes include the postponement of the Dutch Grand Prix to summer and two of the triple headers, which are unpopular with the teams.
The new Formula 1 season is scheduled to begin on March 21 in Melbourne, Australia, although there have recently been reports of a postponement to the second half of the year. Bahrain follows a week later, before China and Vietnam are scheduled to go every two weeks.
By relocating Zandvoort, Barcelona (May 9) would once again be the start of the European season before the classic in Monaco (May 23).
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Azerbaijan will keep its place in June and will be scheduled again with the race in Canada before the regular European season brings Formula 1 to France, Austria, Great Britain and Hungary. The Hungaroring is the last race before the summer break in August.
After the break, it continues in quick succession. It should start with a European triple header that includes the races in Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. Triple headers are actually unpopular with the teams and should not take place after the attempt in 2018 – until the current 2020 season has overturned all plans.
Nevertheless, there should be a second triple header in 2021, which includes the races in Singapore, Russia and Japan. This creates space for an additional race in Saudi Arabia, where you want to drive on a street circuit in Jeddah. However, there are no specific dates for the second half of the racing calendar.
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The only thing that is certain is that the Brazilian Grand Prix will move from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, where a new route is being built that is not only controversial among environmentalists. As usual, the season finale will take place in Abu Dhabi.
Whether the calendar can ultimately be implemented in this way is another question. According to current information, there should not be a plan B.
By the way: the location of the winter test drives has not yet been determined one hundred percent. However, it is said that at least one test will be moved from Barcelona to Bahrain.
The planned Formula 1 races in 2021 *:
1. Australia (Melbourne)
2. Bahrain (Sachir)
3. China (Shanghai)
4. Vietnam (Hanoi)
5. Spain (Barcelona)
6. Monaco (Monte Carlo)
7. Azerbaijan (Baku)
8. Canada (Montreal)
9. France (Le Castellet)
10. Austria (Spielberg)
11. Great Britain (Silverstone)
12. Hungary (Budapest)
13. Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
14. Italy (Monza)
15. Netherlands (Zandvoort)
16. Singapore (Singapore)
17. Japan (Suzuka)
19. Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
20. Mexico (Mexico City)
21. USA (Austin)
22. Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
23. Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)
* The order of the races does not necessarily match the final calendar.