Formula 1 has this morning announced that the Chinese Grand Prix in 2021 will no longer be on the schedule and that the original opening race of the season in Melbourne has been pushed back to November, both as a result of ongoing travel restrictions.

The season will now begin on March 28th, one week later than originally planned, with Bahrain hosting the first race of the new season.

“It has been a busy start to the year at Formula 1 and we are pleased to confirm that the number of races planned for the season remains unchanged,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.

“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 international sport to return and we have the experience and plans in place to deliver on our season.

“It is great news that we have already been able to agree a rescheduled date for the Australian Grand Prix in November and are continuing to work with our Chinese colleagues to find a solution to race there in 2021 if something changes.

“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. Obviously, the virus situation remains fluid, but we have the experience from last season with all our partners and promoters to adapt accordingly and safely in 2021.”

The sport is still planning for the return of fans to tracks in 2021.

Sport for Business Partners