Which F1 races will and won’t go ahead in 2021?

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    There are 23 races on the 2021 F1 calendar – but how many will be able to go ahead in spite of the pandemic?

    Here’s how the schedule looks at present:

    1. Bahrain International Circuit (Mar 26-28)
    2. Imola (Apr 16-18)
    3. TBC (Algarve expected) (Apr 30-May 2)
    4. Circuit de Catalunya (May 7-9)
    5. Monaco (May 20-23)
    6. Baku City Circuit (Jun 4-6)
    7. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Jun 11-13)
    8. Paul Ricard (Jun 25-27)
    9. Red Bull Ring (Jul 2-4)
    10. Silverstone (Jul 16-18)
    11. Hungaroring (Jul 30-Aug 1)
    12. Spa-Francorchamps (Aug 27-29)
    13. Zandvoort (Sep 3-5)
    14. Monza (Sep 10-12)
    15. Sochi Autodrom (Sep 24-26)
    16. Singapore (Oct 1-3)
    17. Suzuka (Oct 8-10)
    18. Circuit of the Americas (Oct 22-24)
    19. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Oct 29-31)
    20. Interlagos (Nov 5-7)
    21. Albert Park (Nov 19-21)
    22. Jeddah (Dec 3-5)
    23. Yas Marina (Dec 10-12)


    Only time will tell… So, is there a @time on this site?


    Difficult to judge at this point, but Monaco, Baku, and for different reasons, Montreal could be at risk. The ones scheduled for September-December are too far away for proper judgments.

    Alianora La Canta

    Depending on how the UK fares in continuing to fight COVID, I think all the races up to the end of June are at varying levels of risk. That is because until vaccines catch up, there’s a risk mishandling there will cause other nations to reduce their willingness to allow a paddock that is 70% British to spend time without passing through even more hoops than in 2020. (Let us remember that for most of the 2020 season, despite less virulent strains back then, there were an average of just under 10 people testing positive per week, in a paddock of under 1500 (giving a per-week 0.75% positivity rating), which is rather high).

    On the other hand, vaccination is progressing fast enough that I think events in the second half of the season are likely to go ahead in some form. In particular, by the time Australia rolls round in November, I think most of the paddock will be vaccinated (simply due to how distribution is going) and Australia may well exempt the paddock from quarantine requirements as a result.

    Xavier Downey

    Nice to see Imola is staying on the calendar. Also, why was the race last year not called the San Marino Grand Prix?

    Alianora La Canta

    Because the regional council sponsored the event, and the aversion to having two races in the same country no longer exists for the F1 leadership.

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