Formula One has announced its provisional calendar for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship season that will be now submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for approval.
As the coronavirus affected season featuring a heavily-upgraded calendar is nearing its conclusion, Formula One has released its provisional schedule for the coming season. The provisional schedule includes 23 Grands Prix and looks similar to the originally planned 2020 season.
The season is set to begin on the 18-21 March 2021 in Australia, although it is still unknown how the travel restrictions will affect the season-opener. The season is set to conclude on 5 December in Abu Dhabi.
„Our hosts for 2021 are reassured by our safe return to racing this season and confident that the plans and procedures we have in place will allow us to return to a level of normality for the 2021 season”, read a statement from Formula One.
Following a number of behind-the-door races, the sport expects fans to return to the race tracks in 2021. This year, only four races have taken place with the attendance of fans and the remaining four races are also expected to be staged behind closed doors. Fans first appeared at Ferrari’s 1000th race at Mugello where 2,880 spectators were allowed to enter the circuit. Following the Tuscan Grands Prix, a limited number of fans were allowed in at the Russian, Eifel and Portuguese Grands Prix.
Commenting on the announcement, Formula One Chairman and CEO Chase Carey said: “We are pleased to announce the 2021 Formula 1 provisional calendar after extensive conversations with our promoters, the teams and the FIA. We are planning for 2021 events with fans that provide an experience close to normal and expect our agreements to be honoured.
“We have proven that we can safely travel and operate our races and our promoters increasingly recognise the need to move forward and manage the virus. In fact, many hosts actually want to use our event as a platform to show the world they are moving forward.
“We are delighted to see Saudi Arabia become part of the schedule and are equally excited to return to the venues we hoped to race at in 2020. We want to thank all our promoters and partners for their ongoing enthusiasm and collaboration and look forward to giving our fans an exciting season on the track,” Carey concluded.Provisional 2021 F1 calendar
21 March – Australia (Melbourne)
28 March – Bahrain (Sakhir)
11 April – China (Shanghai)
25 April – TBC (TBC)
9 May – Spain (Barcelona)
23 May – Monaco (Monaco)
6 June – Azerbaijan (Baku)
13 June – Canada (Montreal)
27 June – France (Le Castellet)
4 July – Austria (Spielberg)
18 July – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
1 August – Hungary (Budapest)
29 August – Belgium (Spa)
5 September – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
12 September – Italy (Monza)
26 September – Russia (Sochi)
3 October – Singapore (Singapore)
10 October – Japan (Suzuka)
24 October – USA (Austin)
31 October – Mexico (Mexico City)
14 November – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
28 November – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
5 December – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)