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We went into the start of this year with rumours that the Australian Grand Prix may not happen due to COVID restrictions. Now those rumours are proving True as not only the Australian Grand Prix but the Chinese GP have both now been officially postponed.
The Delayed start will see Bahrain become the 1st race of the 2021 season kicking off on the 26-28th March.
The Australian GP now will take place between 19-21 November and a race at Imola, Italy, is scheduled in for the 16 - 18 April which will become the 2nd race of the season.
"We are pleased to confirm that the number of races planned for the season remains unchanged," F1 president Stefano Domenicali said.
"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."
There is no mention of when the Chinese GP will be rescheduled for but talks are on going. The Third race of the season, which should have been the Vietnamese Grand Prix, is yet to be announced but there are speculations that Portimao could make a return in its place.
Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi dates have been moved to accommodate the change for the New Australian GP.
Brazil moves forward one week to 7 November, while the other two have been pushed back a week to 5 and 12 December respectively.
"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," Domenicali added.
"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."
New F1 Calendar:
28 March - Bahrain (Sakhir)
18 April - Italy (Imola)
2 May - TBC
9 May - Spain (Barcelona)
23 May - Monaco (Monaco)
6 June - Azerbaijan (Baku)
13 June - Canada (Montreal)
27 June - France (Le Castellet)
4 July - Austria (Spielberg)
18 July - Great Britain (Silverstone)
1 August - Hungary (Budapest)
29 August - Belgium (Spa)
5 September - Netherlands (Zandvoort)
12 September - Italy (Monza)
26 September - Russia (Sochi)
3 October - Singapore (Singapore)
10 October - Japan (Suzuka)
24 October - USA (Austin)
31 October - Mexico (Mexico City)
7 November - Brazil (Sao Paulo)
21 November - Australia (Melbourne)
5 December - Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
12 December - Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)