The planned season opener in Melbourne on March 21 is canceled for the time being due to the strict entry and quarantine regulations of the authorities in Australia. If the pandemic goes well, the race should be rescheduled on November 21.
So the season starts on March 28th in Bahrain.
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To make room for the race in Australia, the Brazilian GP will be brought forward by one week to November 7th. The last two races of the season in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi will be postponed by a week and, according to current plans, will take place on December 5th and 12th.
That reports Motorsport-Magazin.com.
Formula 1: China GP and Vietnam debut before the end
In addition, the Chinese Grand Prix is about to be canceled and the debut in Vietnam is about to end.
As in the previous season, the reason for this should be the corona pandemic.
In order to fill the free weekends and to get to the record season with 23 races, the second time will be in Imola in Italy on April 18th and in Portimao in southern Portugal on May 2nd.
The cancellation of the start of the season in Australia also has an impact on the winter test. So far, the only possibility of testing was planned for the beginning of March in Barcelona.
It is now being considered whether the test drives can be relocated from Spain to the Sakhir desert.
F1: European races are to be brought forward
In addition, the start times should start again on the hour. According to RaceFans the change is currently being discussed between Formula 1 and the teams.
It is also being discussed to generally bring the start times of the European races forward by one hour. (Formula 1 racing calendar 2021)
Since 2018, most of the European Grands Prix started at 3:10 p.m. local time. This year they could start at 2 p.m.
The later start times had been introduced, among other things, because then the ratings in the USA would increase. The ten-minute buffer before the start should allow broadcasters to begin their coverage with a ten-minute introduction on the hour.
“Usually the broadcasters go on the air exactly on the hour, so they miss the tension and the emotions that characterize the minutes before the start of every Grand Prix,” it said in a statement at the time.