For the second year in a row, the corona pandemic seems to be causing problems at the start of the Formula 1 season. Various media reported on Monday that the Australian Grand Prix, scheduled for the first race of the year on March 21, will be postponed.
Tightened local quarantine rules would make it impossible to hold the Formula 1 race at the Albert Park Street Circuit. Unlike last year, when the Australian GP was canceled, the event would now be moved.
“We have finalized our calendar for 2021 and look forward to the return of Formula 1 in March this year”, is the only thing a Formula 1 spokesman said to the news agency. Reuters about to say.
The words “March of this year” could also mean that the season is only starting in Bahrain, because that Grand Prix is on the calendar for March 28, which has 23 races in total.
Drivers have already had a separate season
Last year, everyone was already present at the Albert Park Street Circuit and the race weekend was only a few hours before the start of the first practice. It turned out to be the start of an unorthodox season, which only started in Austria in July.
The drivers may therefore make the first official kilometers of 2021 on the Bahrain circuit, where two more Grands Prix were held last year at the end of November and the beginning of December.
Normally, Lewis Hamilton is going for his eighth world title this year, although the Brit has still not renewed his expiring contract with Mercedes. Max Verstappen hopes to come out better than in 2020 with his new Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Pérez.