In an in-depth article published on Auto Motor Und Sport, Michael Schmidt talks about the calendar that Formula 1 will face from the summer until the last World Tour scheduled for December at the Abu Dhabi circuit, highlighting the reach of Japan and Australia. Anything but you discount. According to the German journalist, local governments are implementing a very strict policy against Covid and its variants, an aspect that could lead GP organizers to raise the white flag for the second year in a row.
As for the alternatives, according to Schmidt, the choice for a second race in the US, specifically in Indianapolis (Roger Pinsky, the new owner of Katino, has never hidden an interest in the circus), should not be emphasized. Return to Sepang and a new entry like Lucille. The latter, of course, will be placed at the end of the season between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
“Due to the very stringent policies launched by the Australian Government against Covid, the race scheduled for November in Albert Park is far from guaranteed,” German journalist said. “The same goes for Suzuka, given that the Japanese government is concerned about the variables, especially from Indian to Brazilian. There will be many alternatives on the table, including the second race in the US, in Indianapolis, the race on the outer circuit in Bahrain and a new entry. Like Losail.
“The interest in the Sepang route should not be underestimated,” he added. As for Germany, the Nürburgring and Hockenheim have not entered into any negotiations with Liberty Media for spare slots, which is why at the moment it is difficult to imagine a last-minute commitment like last year.