Formula One is planning a record 23 races in 2021, including one in Saudi Arabia, but has shortened its inaugural race in Vietnam by the scheduled time.
The April slot for the Vietnamese Grand Prix was listed as “TBC” on the calendar published on Tuesday, with no explanation and no mention of Vietnam. The race was scheduled to begin this year, but was abandoned amid the coronovirus epidemic.
The other 22 races include the Saudi Grand Prix for the first time, scheduled for 28 November in the Red Sea city of Jidah, and the return of several races that were canceled during the epidemic.
“We have proven that we can safely run and operate and our promoters recognize the need to move fast and manage the virus. In fact, many hosts really want to use our program as a platform to show the world what they are leading, ”said F1 President Chase Carrie.
The calendar is largely a replica of the original 2020 schedule, meaning no return for the various one-off races on European tracks such as Mugello, Portimao and Imola, which were added as replacements and usually for drivers and Were popular with fans.
The venue for the Brazilian Grand Prix is listed as São Paulo “under contract,” indicating a planned move from the established Interlagos track to a new circuit in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo. Champion Lewis Hamilton has expressed concern that an area of forest will be cut to create the Rio venue.
The Dutch Grand Prix returned for the first time since 1985, after being canceled this year and is scheduled for 5 September.
The season began with the Australian Grand Prix on 28 March. The race was canceled in Melbourne on Friday from earlier this year following a positive coronovirus test for crew members. The finale is to be held in Abu Dhabi on 5 December.
The 23-race calendar is the longest in F1 history. The 2020 calendar originally had 22 races.
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