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Formula One postpones Australian GP, China uncertain

Last updated on: January 12, 2021 21:47 IST
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IMAGE: Both the Australian and Chinese races were cancelled entirely last year as the pandemic ripped up the sporting calendar. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Formula One postponed the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Bahrain now set to open the season on March 28.

Italy's Imola circuit was added to the 23-round calendar as the second race on April 18, with the third slot on May 2 still to be confirmed but expected to be filled by Portugal's Algarve circuit.

 

Australia was given a new date of Nov. 21 for the race in Melbourne.

China was not listed on the revised calendar but Formula One sources said it would be slotted in if circumstances allowed and another race dropped off. The calendar will not stretch beyond 23 races.

Both the Australian and Chinese races were cancelled entirely last year as the pandemic ripped up the sporting calendar, with the season reduced to 17 grands prix in Europe and the Middle East.

"We are pleased to confirm that the number of races planned for the season remains unchanged," said Formula One's new chief executive Stefano Domenicali 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 international sport to return and we have the experience and plans in place to deliver on our season.

"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."

Revised 2021 Formula One calendar

March 28 - Bahrain, Sakhir

April 18 - Italy, Imola

May 2 - To be confirmed

May 9 - Spain, Barcelona

May 23 - Monaco

June 6 - Azerbaijan, Baku

June 13 - Canada, Montreal

June 27 - France, Le Castellet

July 4 - Austria, Spielberg

July 18 - Britain, Silverstone

Aug 1 - Hungary, Budapest

Aug 29 - Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps

Sept 5 - Netherlands, Zandvoort

Sept 12 - Italy, Monza

Sept 26 - Russia, Sochi

Oct 3 - Singapore

Oct 10 - Japan, Suzuka

Oct 24 - United States, Austin

Oct 31 - Mexico, Mexico City

Nov 7 - Brazil, Sao Paulo

Nov 21 - Australia, Melbourne

Dec 5 - Saudi Arabia, Jeddah

Dec 12 - Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina

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