- FIA has approved the 2021 F1 schedule.
- The 2021 F1 calendar includes two triple headers with six races run during a seven week period after the summer break.
- Lewis Hamilton is the early betting favorite to win an 8th world title at -250 at Bet365.
The FIA Motor World Sport Council (WMSC) has ratified Formula One’s proposed calendar for the 2021 season. With 23 rounds, it will be F1’s longest season ever, topping the record of 21 races held in 2016, 2018, and 2019. And unlike the truncated 2020 season which was limited to Europe and the Middle East due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 schedule will feature stops at all over the world.
WMSC approves 23-race #Formula1 schedule for 2021 👇https://t.co/CTWWGRwHDV
— Motorsport.com (@Motorsport) December 17, 2020
FIA also announced that they hope that fans can be brought back next year, hoping that 2021 will be “more normal”. Via statement, the organization said:
Traditional Opening and Closing Rounds
Bring on 2021! 🇦🇺 @Melbourne has retained its season-opening status on the #F1 provisional calendar, with the first race of the 2021 season scheduled to be held at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit #AusGP https://t.co/du9hzMweGI
— F1 Australian Grand Prix (@ausgrandprix) November 10, 2020
The season will start and end in its traditional spots. The 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship will commence with the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne on March 18-21, 2021. This year, the Melbourne race was cancelled at the last minute due to the coronavirus outbreak. As usual, the season will end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on December 5, 2021.
The 2021 calendar was approved despite a vacant April 25th slot, which falls between the Chinese Grand Prix and Spanish Grand Prix. That was supposed to be Vietnam’s round but due to organizational and administrative issues, that race is in doubt. The inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix in 2021 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That empty slot will likely be filled by one of the new tracks that were used in the 2020 Formula One season. Portugal’s Autodromo do Algarve, Germany’s Nurburgring, Italy’s Imola, and Istanbul Park in Turkey are the likely candidates because that round will mark the beginning of the European season.
Two Triple Headers
The schedule features two triple-headers, compacting a run of six races into seven weeks following the summer break 👀👇https://t.co/dDPEZ563fO
— Scuderia Fans (@ScuderiaFansF1) December 17, 2020
The 2021 F1 season will feature two triple headers that will compact six races in a seven-week period after the summer break. The first one will be the trio of the Belgian, Dutch, and Italian Grand Prix which will be held on August 29, September 5, and September 12th. After a one week break, the second triple-header will will be composed of the Russian, Singapore, and Japanese rounds on September 26, October 3, and October 10.
Meanwhile, the British Grand Prix will be slated for July 18th in order to avoid a clash with the Wimbledon’s men’s singles final and the Euro 202 final at Wembley Stadium. This marks the return of the Silverstone race back to its traditional date after it was moved to August this year.
The Dutch Grand Prix was moved from the originally-planned spring date in 2020 to an autumn schedule between the races at Spa and Monta. The United States and Mexico also returned to their traditional pairing while the Brazilian race will return at Interlagos in Sao Paulo after a new five-year deal was inked last Wednesday. That race will be known as the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Provisional Drivers Lineup
The provisional 2021 #F1 entry list from the FIA. pic.twitter.com/8CVK1gXNQm
— Phillip Horton (@PHortonF1) December 12, 2020
There is expected to be plenty of changes in the drivers seats for the 2021 season but the biggest question seems to have been answered. There were some doubts about whether Lewis Hamilton would return to Mercedes in 2021 or whether he would return to F1 at all. But while nothing is set in stone, it does appear that the best driver is ready to drive the best car next season.
Mercedes has also confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will be Hamilton’s partner, diffusing the George Hamilton rumors. Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will be promoted from F2 to F1 with the Haas racing team. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen’s partner at Red Bull and Pierre Gasly’s running mate at Alpha Tauri are still listed as TBA.
One thing is certain however. Hamilton is favored to win a record 8th world title. According to the way too early betting odds from online sportsbook Bet365, the Brit is a -250 to set a new record in 2021. His teammate Bottas is considered as his chief challenger once again at +500 while Verstappen completed the three-headed monster at also +500.
Here is the complete 2021 Formula One race calendar:
- 21 March – Australian GP, Albert Park, Melbourne
- 28 March – Bahrain GP, Sakhir
- 11 April – Chinese GP, Shanghai
- 25 April – TBC
- 9 May – Spanish GP, Catalyunya
- 23 May – Monaco GP, Monte Carlo
- 6 June – Azerbaijan GP, Baku
- 13 June – Canadian GP, Montreal
- 27 June – French GP,Le Castellet
- 4 July – Austrian GP, Spielberg
- 18 July – British GP, Silverstone
- 1 August – Hungarian GP, Hungaroring
- 29 August – Belgian GP, Spa Francorchamps
- 5 September – Dutch GP, Zandvoort
- 12 September – Italian GP, Monza
- 26 September – Russian GP, Sochi
- 3 October – Singapore GP, Marina Bay
- 10 October – Japanese GP, Suzuka
- 24 October – United States GP, Austin
- 31 October – Mexico City GP, Mexico City
- 14 November – Sao Paolo GP, Interlagos
- 28 November – Saudi Arabia GP, Jeddah
- 5 December – Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina