Date printed: October 18 2020
A ‘leaked’ provisional System 1 calendar for 2021 has the season beginning in Bahrain and comprising a file 22 races, together with a brand new grand prix in Saudi Arabia.
Spanish motoring web site Soymotor.com claims the Australian Grand Prix, which is the same old curtain-raiser to the marketing campaign, will probably be moved to October, following on from the race in Japan and previous these in the USA and Mexico.
There could be the brand new races within the Netherlands and Vietnam, which have been scheduled to happen this yr however needed to be cancelled because of the world well being pandemic, plus one on a street circuit in Saudi Arabia which might precede the now-traditional finale in Abu Dhabi.
Nonetheless, the Brazilian Grand Prix doesn’t seem on the drafted schedule and the Spanish GP, which had been at risk of being dropped, seems to have been given a keep of execution.
The season would start in Bahrain on March 14, go to Asia for races in Vietnam and China at two-week intervals, after which return in direction of Europe with Azerbaijan and the Netherlands.
One other change could be the Russian Grand Prix coming ahead and being held the weekend earlier than Singapore.
In focusing upon the Spanish Grand Prix, Soymotor.com say the brand new president of the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Ramon Tremosa, is eager to safe a long-term deal for the race and finish the persistent doubts about its future.
They are saying Tremosa needs to conclude a deal earlier than the tip of October however that “the [timeframe] could also be too brief”, given the races at Portimao and Imola are looming giant.
The report provides: “It’s important to have a ‘Plan B’ in place in case the scenario of this yr repeats and that’s the reason Liberty Media thinks it should negotiate with the circuits that ended the contract in 2020.”
Not one of the circuits added to the 2020 calendar to flesh it out have made it on to the 2021 schedule, in response to the report, though Soymotor.com say Imola and Portimao stay – together with a proposed return to Indianapolis, in addition to Brazil and Germany.
The report claims the worldwide well being pandemic is the explanation for Australia being moved to October.
‘Leaked’ draft calendar for 2021
March 14 – Bahrain
March 28 – Vietnam
April 11 – China
April 25 – Azerbaijan
Might 2 – Netherlands
Might 9 – Spain
Might 23 – Monaco
June 6 – Canada
June 20 – Austria
June 27 – France
July 11 – Britain
July 25 – Hungary
August 29 – Belgium
September 5 – Italy
September 19 – Russia
September 26 – Singapore
October 10 – Japan
October 24 – Australia
November 7 – United States
November 14 – Mexico
November 28 – Saudi Arabia
December 5 – Abu Dhabi