Formula One is set to visit a record high number of circuits for its 2021 season. The provisional calendar announced earlier today has plans for the world’s most expensive travelling circus to stop at 23 different venues.
The global pandemic turned the 2020 schedule on its head. Some circuits played host to double-headers, some held their first F1 Grand Prix, and others returned after long absences.
However, the 2021 calendar looks to be similar to how 2020 should’ve panned out for Formula 1. The season begins with a traditional Australia start. Melbourne’s Grand Prix for 2020 was, of course, cancelled at the eleventh hour. The city will be delighted to host a race again.
Elsewhere on the calendar, the controversial Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is set to be the penultimate race. It’s interesting to note that the schedule places it just one week prior to the season finale at Abu Dhabi. If either the drivers’ or constructors’ championship goes down the wire, those 10 days in the Middle East will be scintillating.
The Dutch Grand Prix nestles in the weekend between the Belgian and Italian rounds. That trio is one of two triple-headers, with the second beginning just a fortnight after Monza, at Russia. The teams will then fly to Singapore one week later, before ending what will be the sixth race in seven weeks at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Sadly, the Vietnamese Grand Prix is missing from the proposed schedule. The country is now prioritising more pressing matters such as the coronavirus crisis and recovering from a typhoon. It’s doubtful we’ll see Hanoi feature anytime soon. The calendar has a TBC space on the 25th of April 2021 that Formula 1 will look to fill with another venue.
The race at Interlagos in Sao Paulo looks to have had a stay of execution. Although now out of contract, and with F1 looking to race at a new track close to Rio de Janeiro instead, Sao Paulo is pencilled in for the 14th of November.
Formula 1 provisional 2021 calendar
- 21 March – Australia (Melbourne)
- 28 March – Bahrain (Bahrain)
- 11 April – China (Shanghai)
- 25 April – TBC (TBC)
- 9 May – Spain (Barcelona)*
- 23 May – Monaco (Monaco)
- 6 June – Azerbaijan (Baku)
- 13 June – Canada (Montreal)
- 27 June – France (Paul Ricard)
- 4 July – Austria (Spielberg)
- 18 July – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
- 1 August – Hungary (Budapest)
- 29 August – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
- 5 September – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
- 12 September – Italy (Monza)
- 26 September – Russia (Sochi)
- 3 October – Singapore (Singapore)
- 10 October – Japan (Suzuka)
- 24 October – USA (Circuit of the Americas)
- 31 October – Mexico (Mexico City)
- 14 November – Brazil (Sao Paulo)*
- 28 November – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
- 5 December – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)
*Subject to contract