Formula 1 has unveiled its provisional calendar for the 2021 season, with a record 23 races on the schedule.
Pending approval of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council, the calendar will see F1 return to a regular, global championship after the COVID-19 pandemic limited the sport to only races in Europe and the Middle East.
Starting with the Australian Grand Prix on March 21, the season will run through to the Abu Dhabi GP on December 5.
Returning after a year away due to the pandemic are the races in China, Monaco, Azerbaijan, Canada, Singapore, Japan, the USA, Mexico and Brazil, while none of the four 2020 alternatives – Mugello, the Nurburgring, Portimao or Imola – have been scheduled as of yet, although there remains an open spot on the calendar for round 4 on April 25 due to the absence of the Vietnamese GP.
Originally set to debut in 2020, the race in Hanoi has been postponed another year due to what is being termed “local issues”, but the Dutch GP – a fellow aborted 2020 newcomer – will indeed make its F1 return after a 36 year absence with a race at Zandvoort on September 5. Also making its debut will be the Saudi GP at Jeddah, serving as the penultimate race of the season on November 28.
The full 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship is as follows: