Further to the earlier announcement that F2 and F3 would not run together next year, there is now confirmation of 2021 calendar that Formula 2 will run.
The series will visit just eight venues next season. Compared that to twelve that has become customary for F2, and it certainly appears curtailed. However, with each circuit hosting three races across the Grand Prix weekend, there will continue to be twenty-four races over the season.
2021 will have a distinctly European and Middle Eastern theme. The action kicks off in Bahrain on the 26th-28th of March before an extended break until May where the F2 drivers will tackle Monaco.
It’ll be two street circuits in succession as Azerbaijan and the roads of Baku host round 3 in June. The drivers return for more heritage racing before their summer break for a mid-July trip to Silverstone.
Monza begins the second half of the season on the 10th-12th September ahead of the final European race at Sochi. The coastal Russian city has its Grand Prix two weeks after the Italian round.
Formula 2 will support Formula 1 for the inaugural 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah at the end of November. And just like its bigger brother, the F2 season will end with back-to-back weekends. Abu Dhabi hosts the traditional end of season Grand Prix on the 3rd-5th December.
Those final rounds in the Middle East could see a huge swing in the championship standings. Over the course of those ten days, the F2 stars will compete in six races. There are no details on the weekend format as of yet. However, if the third race has 15 points for the winner as the sprint races currently do, that means there could be a maximum of 110 points available.
The reduced number of tracks on the Formula 2 2021 calendar could give a different feel to the championship. Any driver who struggles or excels at a track may have a slight disadvantage or benefit next year.
Formula 2 provisional 2021 calendar
- 26-28 March – Bahrain (Sakhir)
- 21-23 May – Monaco (Monaco)
- 4-6 June – Azerbaijan (Baku)
- 16-18 July – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
- 10-12 September – Italy (Monza)
- 24-26 September – Russia (Sochi)
- 26-28 November – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
- 3-5 December – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)