The 2021 Formula 1 calendar is constantly evolving, as the season enters its second part this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps with the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Dutch and Italian Grands Prix will take place after the Belgian GP as planned. Two weeks later, again unchanged, Sochi will host the Russian Grand Prix.
This ‘triple header’ will not be one as there will be a two week break before the Turkish Grand Prix. This will be isolated, two weeks before the United States Grand Prix, in order to respect the quarantine towards the United Kingdom.
From October 22 to 24, F1 will travel to Austin for the United States Grand Prix, before the Mexican one, which will be two weeks later. F1 thus cancels a double race which made a lot of sense, Mexico being 3000 km away from Austin.
The Brazilian Grand Prix will take place a week after Mexico City, but remember that the two countries are currently on the United Kingdom’s red list for Covid-19, which could be a problem to get there for teams.
A week after Brazil, F1 will go to a circuit not yet announced. It seems likely that it will be Qatar, which could host their first Formula 1 Grand Prix this season.
As planned, the new Jeddah circuit in Saudi Arabia will host the penultimate race of the year, with the final taking place on the redesigned Abu Dhabi track.
The calendar therefore drops to 22 races this season, with the Japanese GP not being replaced. Rumors had swelled since yesterday with a replacement by Mugello, but the organization will not be able to take place.
“We are very happy to announce the updated 2021 schedule following extensive discussions with promoters and national authorities. The pandemic continues to present challenges, but we have proven that we can adapt and we are convinced that we can organize a record schedule of 22 races this year despite this global pandemic, ”comments Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1.
“I would like to thank the promoters in Brazil, Mexico and Turkey for their patience and flexibility and we will provide details about the race which remains to be confirmed shortly (Qatar, editor’s note).”