The Coronavirus epidemic continues to change the Formula 1 calendar, and this morning, as was widely expected, some changes were announced. Imola Confirmation is very welcome to us Italians.
Last year, the Circus returned to the Circus Santerno after 14 years of absence and will do so again in 2021. Initially Enzo and Dino Ferrari were not included in the calendar, but now Emilia Romagna’s Grand Prix appears in the April 18 slot, where it will take place Launched by the Chinese Grand Prix.
Due to travel restrictions, in fact, the Shanghai Race cannot be held on schedule, and as we expected several days ago, Imola will replace it on the calendar. As for China, Formula 1 and the promoters are assessing if there is a solution to take back the race in the final part of the calendar.
And it is almost certain to happen to the Australian Grand Prix. In this case too, there have been rumors of the thing for some time now and now it’s official: The Melbourne Race will not open anymore for the 2021 season, which will start a week later in Bahrain (March 28), but has been postponed to November 21, as the third final round of the calendar that Always includes 23 general practitioners. The Melbourne postponement also imposed changes to the Brazilian, Saudi and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix dates, which are now supposed to close the season on December 12th.
Another novelty is the inclusion of an as yet unconfirmed date on the weekend of May 2, which will have to fill the void left by the Vietnam Grand Prix. At the moment, the press release released this morning does not indicate any location, although it now appears to be practically certain that it will be Portimao.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali commented, “It has been a difficult start to Formula 1 and we are happy to confirm that the number of races planned for this season has not changed.” “The global epidemic has not yet allowed a return to normal life, but in 2020 we showed that we can run safely.”
“It is great news that we have already managed to agree on a new date for the Australian Grand Prix, and we are continuing to work with our Chinese colleagues to find a solution to the race there in 2021 if anything changes.”
“We are very excited to announce the return of Imola for the 2021 season and we know that our fans are looking forward to next year, with Formula 1 returning after the winter break and the start of a new season in Bahrain. It is clear that the virus situation is still volatile, but we have the experience of the last season and all Our partners and promoters will adapt accordingly and safely in 2021.
Formula 1 2021 – updated calendar
March 28 – Bahrain Grand Prix
April 18 – GP from Emilia-Romagna
May 2 – TBC
May 9 – Grand Prix of Spain
May 23 – Monaco GB
June 6 – Grand Prix of Azerbaijan
June 13 – Canada Grand Prix
June 27 – French Grand Prix
July 4 – Grand Prix of Austria
July 18 – British Grand Prix
August 1 – Hungarian Grand Prix
August 29 – Belgium Grand Prix
September 5 – Netherlands Grand Prix
September 12 – Grand Prix of Italy
September 26 – Russian GP
October 3 – Singapore GP
October 10 – Japanese Grand Prix
October 24 – United States GP
October 31 – Mexico Grand Prix
November 7 – Grand Prix of San Paolo
November 21 – Australian Grand Prix
December 5 – Saudi Arabia Prize
December 12th – Abu Dhabi GP