Australia, China Grand Prix postponed as COVID-19 hits 2021calendar

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 13, 2021

Due to the country's strict coronavirus rules, the race has been moved to 21 November. "The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is one of the great events in the world and we'll make sure it can be run safely and successfully in November", Mr Pakula said.

The pandemic has disrupted the F1 season two years running.

Australia was given a new date of Nov 21 for what would normally be the season-opener in Melbourne on March 21.

Imola is set to announce that it will once again return to Formula 1's covid-affected calendar.

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F1 still plans to hold a record 23 races this year, although a venue for the third race of the season, on 2 May, has yet to be confirmed.

The race will take place on Sunday, March 28 before heading to Europe for a race in Imola on April 18.

Postponing the Australian Grand Prix already means pushing back the end of the season in Abu Dhabi by a week to December 12. An F1 statement said the Shanghai race would be held "later in the season if possible", citing travel restrictions.

"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 worldwide sport to return", F1 president Stefano Domenicali said in a statement.

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F1 bosses said they will "continue to work closely with our promoters and partners to monitor the ongoing Covid-19 situation" and expect spectators to return to the trackside at some point during the 2021 season.

However, unlike in 2020 - when the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled altogether at the 11th hour following an outbreak of coronavirus in the paddock - F1 has re-arranged the race for a 21 November slot.

None of the American races happened previous year due to the pandemic while the Netherlands, Singapore and Japan were also cancelled.

"We are very excited to announce that Imola will return for the 2021 season and know our fans will be looking forward to the return of Formula 1 after the winter break and our revised season opener in Bahrain".

The sport commendably went on to navigate a 17-round season in just 23 weeks, with Hamilton clinching a record-equalling seventh world championship. There has also been talk of a Miami race, though there's been no update on the chances of the race being added to the calendar.

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