F1 confirm RECORD 23-race season in 2021 as organisers scrap Vietnam Grand Prix and schedule Silverstone showpiece to avoid Wimbledon and Euro 2020 games at Wembley… with Turkey, Portugal and Italy all in the running to host replacement event
- F1 organisers are hopeful next year’s 23-race season could be ‘close to normal’
- 2021 calendar was unveiled, with busiest campaign in sport’s history confirmed
- REVEALED: 23-race calendar for 2021 season with British Grand Prix on July 18
Formula One organisers are hopeful that next year’s record-breaking 23-race season could be ‘close to normal’ as plans progress for the return of fans.
The 2021 calendar was unveiled on Tuesday morning, with the busiest campaign in the sport’s history confirmed.
While Vietnam’s inaugural Grand Prix has been shelved, the April 25 date has been held for a yet-to-be-confirmed replacement host, with Istanbul, Imola and Portugal all in contention.
Formula One will schedule the 2021 British Grand Prix on July 18 amid a 23-race schedule
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton with the trophy after winning the British Grand Prix this year
Chase Carey, chairman and chief executive of F1, was delighted to unveil the new programme
Chase Carey, chairman and chief executive of F1, was delighted to unveil the programme after this year’s 22-race structure was redrawn and reduced to just 17 in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.
Carey also made it clear it was the driving ambition to move on from the behind-closed-doors era and return to live crowds.
‘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 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.’
Portimao, host of the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, could replace the scrapped Vietnam round
FULL 2021 F1 CALENDAR
Mar 21 Australia
Mar 28 Bahrain
Apr 11 China
Apr 25 Imola/Turkey/Portugal
May 9 Spain
May 23 Monaco
June 6 Azerbaijan
June 13 Canada
June 27 France
July 4 Austria
July 18 Britain
Aug 1 Hungary
Aug 29 Belgium
Sep 5 Holland
Sep 12 Italy
Sep 26 Russia
Oct 3 Singapore
Oct 10 Japan
Oct 24 USA
Oct 31 Mexico
Nov 14 Brazil
Nov 28 Saudi Arabia
Dec 5 Abu Dhabi
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