Report: 2021 Chinese Grand Prix set to be postponed

According to Autosport, the 2021 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix is set to be postponed with the promoter looking to move the race until later in the year.

The Chinese Grand Prix was the first race to be cancelled last year as the COVID-19 pandemic led to the first half of the season being postponed.

It is looking increasingly likely that both Australia and China will be postponed this season too due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, with the report stating that F1 could return to the Algarve Circuit and Imola instead.

Both the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix could take place later in the year, although this would likely result in a clogged second half of the season, with the initial calendar scheduling 23 races.

“We have been in contact [with F1] via conference call almost every week,” the race promoter Yibin Yang said, as reported by Autosport. “Despite the calendar being in place as usual, I think it’s hugely uncertain the F1 race would take place in the first half of the year, in April.

“We aim to swap it to the second half of the year, and we have formally submitted the request that we hope to move it to the second half of the year.”

Asked to comment on the reports, an F1 spokesperson told Autosport: “Formula 1 has set out a 23 race calendar for 2021 and we fully expect to deliver that plan. We proved in 2020 that we could return to racing safely and have the plans and procedures in place to do so again and look forward to starting our season in March.”