F1 Australian, Chinese Grands Prix postponed

Carrie Guzman
January 13, 2021

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions, the Australian GP has now been postponed back to the November 21 for the 21st round, while the Chinese GP will also not take place on its scheduled date - with no new slot confirmed.

"I don't know why Bahrain was not seen as the start of the season from the start, without appearing too negative for the Australian Grand Prix organizers". 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.

In a statement, F1 said: "In 2020, F1 became the first truly worldwide sport to restart following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic".

The circuit's race was previously known as the San Marino Grand Prix, and it was there in 1994 that Austrian Roland Ratzenberger and three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil died in crashes.

"Although the experience gained and safety measures established a year ago hold F1 in good stead for 2021, the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 has meant it is not feasible to begin the season in Melbourne".

There is a vacant slot on May 2, with the Portimao circuit in Portugal among the leading candidates for that weekend. The 2020 Australian Grand Prix was cancelled at the last minute as the gravity of the illness became clearer.

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When is the Bahrain Grand Prix?

The date change means that there will only be a four-week gap separating the MotoGP Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend at Phillip Island from October 22-24 and the Formula 1 race in the same state.

Formula 1's new CEO Stefano Domenicali is thrilled to keep Australia in the revised schedule and is confident that every round will take place.

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.

"The global pandemic has not yet allowed lift to return to normal, but we showed in 2020 that we can race safely as the first worldwide sport to return and we have the experience and plans in place to deliver on our season".

The Australian race, usually the season-opener, was delayed from March to November, but no new date was set for the Chinese Grand Prix in a rejigged 2021 calendar.

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