F1 unveiled a 23-race calendar for 2021 in November that was resulting from begin in Australia, however has been pressured to make some early modifications because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It emerged in current weeks that Australia wouldn’t be capable to go forward on 21 March because of the ongoing journey restrictions, whereas the promoter of the Chinese language Grand Prix revealed on Saturday it was searching for a date change.
F1 issued an up to date model of the 2021 calendar on Tuesday morning, confirming Imola will host the second spherical of the season on 18 April.
The previous host observe of the San Marino Grand Prix staged its first F1 race in 14 years final November after being added to the heavily-revised, European-centric schedule.
The success of the occasion prompted Imola officers to hunt a deal for 2021, with a niche being opened up on the provisional calendar after the deliberate race in Vietnam needed to be deserted.
Each Imola and Portimao had been searching for to switch Vietnam, however the postponement of each Australia and China has opened up locations for each tracks to hitch the 2021 schedule.
Though Portimao has not been introduced by F1 but, the observe is anticipated to host a grand prix this 12 months and take the slot vacated by Vietnam because the third spherical of the season.
This TBC slot now lies on 2 Might, one week earlier than the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Australia has been postponed till 21 November, with its addition to the calendar forcing a variety of date modifications for the closing levels of the season.
Brazil has been introduced ahead by one week to 7 November, creating a 3rd triple-header on the calendar because it follows races in the US and Mexico.
The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been pushed again one week to five December, whereas the Abu Dhabi season finale will now happen on 12 December.
Whereas F1 is working with the promoter of the China race to discover a new date, it’s understood this might solely go forward if one other race is cancelled because the calendar wouldn’t rise as excessive as 24 races.
“Because of the ongoing journey restrictions in place the 2021 Chinese language Grand Prix won’t happen on its deliberate date,” a press release from F1 reads.
“Discussions with the promoter and authorities in China are ongoing with the potential to reschedule the race later within the season if doable.
“With the scheduled date not being possible for China, Imola will return to the System 1 calendar on the revised date of 18 April.
“The TBC race within the calendar will likely be introduced in the end and can happen on the brand new date of two Might. All revisions are topic to World Motor Sport Council approval.
“Because of these modifications the variety of races for 2021 will stay at 23 which is the biggest ever System 1 calendar and we sit up for delivering this season by way of shut collaboration with all our promoters.
“The season will begin every week later than deliberate and finish every week later with our season finale in Abu Dhabi. As acknowledged beforehand, we count on followers to return to the grandstands and our unique Paddock Membership for the 2021 season.
“We are going to proceed to work intently with our promoters and companions to observe the continued COVID-19 state of affairs and sit up for the beginning of the season in March.”
Revised 2021 F1 calendar
28 March – Bahrain GP
18 April – Emilia Romagna GP
2 Might – TBC
9 Might – Spanish GP
23 Might – Monaco GP
6 June – Azerbaijan GP
13 June – Canadian GP
27 June – French GP
four July – Austrian GP
18 July – British GP
1 August – Hungarian GP
29 August – Belgian GP
5 September – Dutch GP
12 September – Italian GP
26 September – Russian GP
three October – Singapore GP
10 October – Japanese GP
24 October – United States GP
31 October – Mexico Metropolis GP
7 November – Sao Paulo GP
21 November – Australian GP
5 December – Saudi Arabia GP
12 December – Abu Dhabi GP