Formula 1 is Again Counting on Races With An Audience in 2021
Formula 1 expects to welcome the public again next year at the Grands Prix. That’s what director Chase Carey said at the presentation of the 2021 calendar, which includes a record 23 races.
“The provisional calendar looks something like the original in 2020, even before the corona pandemic broke out,” said the American.
Due to the virus, Formula 1 had to end the season this year just before the first race in Melbourne in March. In July, the premier class was able to resume with an adjusted calendar, which eventually found space for seventeen races.
All under strict hygiene regulations, distance rules and almost all without an audience. “We have proven that we can travel safely and run our races. Promoters increasingly realize the need to control the virus,” said Carey.
The 2021 season opens as usual with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne (March 26) and closes in Abu Dhabi (December 5). New is the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia (November 28). The Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort (September 5) is a week after Max Verstappen’s other home race, the Grand Prix of Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps (August 29).
The Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi was set to debut in 2021 but is missing from the calendar. One of the key officials responsible for winning the race has been arrested on charges of corruption. The planned date of April 25 is still open, which means that Formula 1 is looking for a replacement race.