Formula 1 confirmed the alterations to the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar following discussions with the promoters and authorities in our host nations.
COVID-19 caused cancellations have wreaked havoc on the original 2021 F1 calendar which featured 23 rounds. Now it is down to 22 with one date to be confirmed for 19-21 November; Qatar is being considered to host a race that weekend, with Plan-B to have another race in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia.
They said in a statement released on Saturday on the occasion of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend:
The changes reflect the need for the Formula 1 community to navigate the ongoing complexities caused by the pandemic and mean the season will now have 22 races, still a record-breaking number but one less than expected, a major achievement for an international sport against the backdrop of an ongoing global pandemic.
The changes below demonstrate that Formula 1 can continue to adapt and deliver a season for all our fans around the world. The final space on the calendar will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The revised 2021 calendar is as follows:
|September 03-05||FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN DUTCH GRAND PRIX 2021|
|September 10-12||FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA 2021|
|September 24-26||FORMULA 1 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX 2021|
|October 08-10||FORMULA 1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX 2021|
|October 22-24||FORMULA 1 ARAMCO UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX 2021|
|November 05-07||FORMULA 1 GRAND PREMIO DE LA CIUDAD DE MÉXICO 2021|
|November 12-14||FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN GRANDE PRÊMIO DE SÃO PAULO 2021|
|December 03-05||FORMULA 1 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2021|
|December 10-12||FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2021|
The Formula 1 community will continue to travel with stringent safety measures that have allowed us to travel safely this season. So far this season we have conducted over 56,000 PCR tests with only 38 positive cases a rate of 0.06%.
Alongside this a significant proportion of the F1 community has been vaccinated already and we are confident that all will have had the opportunity to do so by the end of the summer. We will continue to operate in a way that protects the safety of our personnel and the communities we visit.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said:
“We are very pleased to announce the updates to the 2021 calendar following extensive discussions with the promoters and national authorities.
“The pandemic continues to present the season with challenges but we have proven we can adapt and we are confident we can deliver a record breaking 22 races this year despite a global pandemic.”
“I want to thank the promoters in Brazil, Mexico and Turkey for their patience and flexibility and we will provide the details of the final addition soon.
“This season is proving to be an incredible battle on the track and this is hugely exciting for our fans around the world and we look forward to the intensity continuing in the races ahead.”