Australia nonetheless in line to host 2021 F1 season opener
Formulation 1’s 2021 season remains to be set to begin in Australia regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas a brand new road race in Saudi Arabia can also be prone to be part of the calendar.
The 2020 season schedule needed to be fully revised as a consequence of COVID, with the championship solely formally beginning in Austria in early July with back-to-back races on the Purple Bull Ring. An preliminary try to begin 2020 in Melbourne as deliberate was cancelled on the Friday of the race weekend after a McLaren group member examined constructive for the virus, and led to the game going into shutdown because the world handled the worldwide outbreak.
Now a 17-race schedule has been finalized that may finish in Abu Dhabi on December 13, consideration has turned to the 2021 plans that also show extraordinarily difficult because of the uncertainty of the COVID state of affairs transferring ahead.
Australia enacted extraordinarily harsh journey restrictions to manage the virus, and at the moment solely returning Australian residents, residents and people with particular permissions are allowed into the nation. The bulk should quarantine for 2 weeks, and there’s a restrict of 4,000 folks per week who can enter, however the restrictions haven’t stopped plans to begin the 2021 season in its conventional location of Melbourne.
Albert Park is because of kick-off a 22-race calendar — the identical quantity of races that had been initially on this 12 months’s schedule — with RACER understanding no less than one new addition is prone to be added within the type of a road race in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, late within the 12 months. There was a rise in Saudi funding within the sport in recent times, together with the arrival of vitality firm Aramco as a world accomplice and race sponsor this season.
Plans for the 2021 calendar stay provisional because of the COVID-19 state of affairs, with rising numbers of instances in Europe seeing additional restrictions launched in lots of nations — together with the UK the place F1 relies — in current weeks.