F1 season to start in Bahrain after Australian Grand Prix postponed

Ross Houston
January 13, 2021

The British Grand Prix retains its original July 18 slot as F1 remains confident of staging a record-breaking 23-round season. The Shanghai race was due to take place on April 11 but it will now only go ahead if another round drops off the schedule.

The 2021 Formula One World Championship will start a little later than originally planned due to travel restrictions caused by the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Ongoing worldwide lockdown measures and travel restrictions mean the 2021 calendar is subject to similar revisions.

Australia was given a new date of Nov 21 for what would normally be the season-opener in Melbourne on March 21. The 2020 Australian Grand Prix was cancelled at the last minute as the gravity of the illness became clearer.

Imola is set to announce that it will once again return to Formula 1's covid-affected calendar.

The races were the first and third on the calendar and the reconfigured season will begin at the second race venue in Bahrain between 26 and 28 March.

"It has been a busy start to the year at Formula 1 and we are pleased to confirm that the number of races planned for the season remains unchanged", said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1 said in a statement.

"The global pandemic has not yet allowed life to return to normal, but we showed in 2020 that we can race safely as the first worldwide sport to return", F1 president Stefano Domenicali said in a statement.

The minister said that the postponement of four-day Grand Prix event at Albert park was a sensible decision that would mean more Victorian race fans could come as well as potentially inter-state and overseas visitors to the event. [INSIGHT]Valtteri Bottas contract: How much does the Mercedes driver earn?

The Australian race, usually the season-opener, was delayed from March to November, but no new date was set for the Chinese Grand Prix in a rejigged 2021 calendar.

The Chinese GP has been postponed but an alternate date has yet to be agreed, with F1 and race promoters now in discussions.

None of the American races happened previous year due to the pandemic while the Netherlands, Singapore and Japan were also cancelled.

The sport then came up with revised 17-round season in just 23 weeks, with Lewis Hamilton clinching a record-equalling seventh world championship. There has also been talk of a Miami race, though there's been no update on the chances of the race being added to the calendar.

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