The year has just about kicked off and already the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are causing changes on the sporting world. An updated 2021 Formula 1 calendar was released earlier today by the sport’s organising body. This replaces the calendar that was put forward a few weeks ago.

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Postponed start

Formula 1 was one of the international sporting codes that resumed action first in a disrupted 2020. The season consisted 17 races, down from the planned 23 in the sport’s 70th year. 

The changes to the 2021 Formula 1 Calendar include a slightly later start date, pushed back by a week to March 28 and a new venue. Traditionally the season-opener takes place in Australia. That country’s strict quarantine laws means that the flag will fall on the 2021 season in Bahrain. Australia has provisionally been moved to November. 

Other changes to the 2021 Formula 1 Calendar include the addition of Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands to the series, as well as the return of Imola that was added to the 2020 roster.

In his own words

“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.

“It is great news that we have already been able to agree a rescheduled date for the Australian Grand Prix in November and are continuing to work with our Chinese colleagues to find a solution to race there in 2021 if something changes.

“We are very excited to announce that Imola will return for the 2021 season and know our fans will be looking forward to the return of Formula 1 after the winter break and our revised season opener in Bahrain. Obviously, the virus situation remains fluid, but we have the experience from last season with all our partners and promoters to adapt accordingly and safely in 2021.”