Provisional 2021 Formula 1 calendar released

Formula 1 has announced a record 23-race provisional calendar for 2021. The return of the Dutch Grand Prix is confirmed alongside a new race in Saudi Arabia, but the Vietnam Grand Prix is a casualty.

Looking to get back to business following heavy disruption to this year’s calendar as a result of COVID-19, Formula 1 has confirmed plans for the longest ever Formula 1 season in 2021. The 23-race provisional calendar for 2021 announced today is broadly similar to the calendar originally planned for this year, with the exception of a new race on the streets of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

The Vietnam Grand Prix has not been included on the provisional 2021 calendar, with BBC reporting that the Vietnam Grand Prix is no longer a priority for various reasons., including the arrest of an official who championed the event. The date that was reserved for Vietnam – April 25 – is now the only unconfirmed slot on the 2021 calendar and could go to one of the new tracks from this year (Istanbul, Imola, Portimao) or even Sepang in Malaysia.

The 8.5 month F1 calendar proposed for 2021 begins in Australia on March 21 and ends in Abu Dhabi on December 5. It features a total of five back-to-back race weekends and two triple-headers in the second half of the season. The first triple header comes just after the summer break and sees Formula 1 visit three classic circuits in three weeks; Spa-Francorchamps for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix on August 29, Circuit Zandvoort for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix on September 5 and Monza for the Italian Grand Prix on September 12. After a 2-week break, the second triple header begins with races in Russia (September 26), Singapore (October 3) and Japan (October 10).

As expected the new race on the streets of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia takes place on November 28, one week before the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Two races on the provisional calendar for 2021 are “subject to contract;” the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix on May 9 and the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix on November 14. The latter race is set to remain at Interlagos in Sao Paulo for at least one more year, though Formula 1 is still planning to move the race in the near future to a controversial new circuit in Rio de Janeiro.

Provisional 2021 Formula 1 calendar

When?What? Where?
1.March 212021 Australian Grand PrixAlbert Park
2.March 282021 Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit
3.April 112021 Chinese Grand PrixShanghai International Circuit
4.April 25TBCTBC
5.May 92021 Spanish Grand Prix*Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
6.May 232021 Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monaco
7.June 62021 Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit
8.June 132021 Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve
9.June 272021 French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard
10.July 42021 Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring
11.July 182021 British Grand PrixSilverstone
12.August 12021 Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring
13.August 292021 Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps
14.September 52021 Dutch Grand PrixCircuit Zandvoort
15.September 122021 Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Monza
16.September 262021 Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom
17.October 32021 Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay Street Circuit
18.October 102021 Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka Circuit
19.October 242021 United States Grand PrixCircuit of The Americas
20.October 312021 Mexico City Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
21.November 142021 Brazilian Grand Prix*Interlagos
22.November 282021 Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah Street Circuit
23.December 52021 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit
*Subject to contract.

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