F1 won a calendar for the 2021 season. The category confirmed on Tuesday (10), the schedule for next year with a total of 23 GPs, returning to normalcy after a championship highly damaged by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. And, of course, with news matters to the Brazilian public: the Brazilian GP is still present, still in Interlagos, but is subject to confirmation of a new contract. The scheduled date for the race is November 14, the eve of a holiday.
The F1 plan, except for new twists and turns with Covid-19, is to start 2021 in the usual way: with the Australian Grand Prix on March 21st. Almost all races canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic return: the Dutch GP is on the schedule for next season, while others like the Monaco GP, Canada, France, the United States, Mexico, Singapore, China, Azerbaijan and the GP itself from Brazil return after a year away.
However, the Vietnam GP, which was also canceled this year and was due to be played next year on the streets of Hanoi on April 25, 15 days after the Chinese GP, lost its place. The FIA, however, has reserved the window for a destination yet to be confirmed, ensuring a calendar with 23 races.
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The situation in the Asian country, however, has nothing to do with the pandemic, but with political and corruption problems. In theory, the calendar would have 22 events, but Liberty Media, willing to expand the schedule to guarantee greater revenue after an atypical year, intends to fill the date with another location for the fourth GP of 2021.
In this way, the category will again break the record for the longest calendar in history. The GP that leads to the unprecedented number is that of Saudi Arabia, a night race that will be held on the streets of Jedá, a recent and controversial addition to the F1 circus. The Saudi race will be the penultimate of the championship and will take place on November 28, a week before the end of the championship, scheduled for December 5, in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.
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The Brazilian GP came to seem something unlikely in 2021. F1 bet the chips on the Deodoro project, a racetrack in Rio de Janeiro whose works have not even started yet. The systematic delays in the Rio de Janeiro proposal led Liberty Media to go back and reconsider Interlagos. The expected date is November 14th.
Brazil, in this condition, enters as an extra, on the basis of the asterisk, since negotiations with São Paulo are still in progress. At the PADDOCK GP Last Monday, Victor Martins and Flavio Gomes brought the information that Formula 1 is negotiating a new five-year contract with São Paulo.
Another event in such conditions, marked with an asterisk and subject, therefore, to a new agreement with Formula 1, is the Spanish GP.
The fall of Formula 1 in relation to Rio de Janeiro came from Chase Carey himself, head of the category, who noted that his lobby on Governor Cláudio Castro, through a letter, did not have immediate effect. The F1 executive director had asked the government official to release the Camboatá forest area, in Deodoro, so that the works of the race track could be carried out and the agreement with Rio Motorsports, by José Antonio Soares Pereira Jr., or JR Pereira, had validity. The contents of the letter was first revealed by journalist Américo Teixeira Jr., of Diário Motorsport, a partner of BIG PRIZE.
Another important point on the calendar is the date change of the Dutch GP in relation to what was planned for 2020, in the beginning of May. The race at the refurbished Zandvoort circuit would double with the Spanish GP, but in the 2021 schedule it was allocated for September 5, a week after the Belgian GP. The Dutch Grand Prix will be part of a series of three consecutive F1 races. In addition to the Belgian Grand Prix on August 29, the Italian Grand Prix closes the streak on September 12.
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The other triple round will be completed with the Russian GPs on September 26, Singapore from October 3 and Japan a week later.
A new sign of normality in the new calendar is in the period of almost a month of vacation in the middle of the 2021 season. with the Belgian GP. This year, due to the pandemic, teams and engine suppliers had their vacation time extended to contain costs, and the championship only started on July 5, in Austria.
Formula 1 2021, provisional schedule:
|4||25/4||TO BE CONFIRMED|
|10||4/7||AUSTRIA||RED BULL RING|
|22||28/11||SAUDI ARABIA||IS EATING|
|23||5/12||ABU DHABI||YAS MARINA|