Formula One has released a revised schedule of 22 races to finish the 2021 season, although it remains subject to change.
The cancellation of races in Japan and Australia, both due to the global pandemic, threatened F1’s plans to host a record 23 races this year.
F1 has found a replacement for the Australian Grand Prix, although this remains TBC on the calendar.
This is believed to be for Qatar’s Losail International Circuit in Doha, a Moto GP race host since 2004. It would be Qatar’s first Formula One race.
Remaining races on F1’s revised race schedule
Aug. 29 – Belgian Grand Prix
Sep. 5 – Dutch Grand Prix
Sep. 12 – Italian Grand Prix
Sep. 26 – Russian Grand Prix
Oct. 10 – Turkish Grand Prix
Oct. 24 – U.S. Grand Prix
Nov. 7 – Mexican Grand Prix
Nov. 14 – Brazilian Grand Prix
Nov. 21 – TBC
Dec. 5 – Saudi Arabia Grand Prix
Dec. 12 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
F1 considers the race schedule to be subject to change and a further update is expected in the coming weeks. The end of the season already features the first-ever Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.
The re-jigged calendar has seen some movement in terms of dates. Russia and Turkey will be a double header, with Austin’s U.S. Grand Prix now a standalone.
Austin’s position on the calendar would seemingly free the Circuit of the Americas up to host two races. However, the COVID-19 situation in Austin will likely dictate that decision, while COTA is understood to be skeptical about hosting a second race at such short notice.
Turkey’s status remains uncertain. Seven of F1’s ten teams based are in the UK and Turkey is currently on the country’s red travel list.
Mexico is usually held either side of the U.S. Grand Prix but it has been shuffled back to form the middle race of a triple header with Brazil and the TBC race.