The outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect the 2021 motorsport calendars.
Hope with the different vaccines still cannot with the new waves of this virus that affects the world and sport is no exception.
Formula 1 could delay its scheduled start in Australia to March 21.
The start would be a week later in Bahrain. If confirmed, it will add to the postponements of IndyCar and Formula E.
All three categories suffer from the complex issue of having to ride street circuits.
To avoid that millionaire expense and then not be able to run, something that the Maximum lived in 2020, whose cancellation in Melbourne was hours before the first training, it is analyzed to spend the start of the season for the other weekend.
And the International Automobile Federation (FIA) together with Formula One Management (FIA), the company that owns F1, analyze the steps to follow.
According to the specialized site Motorsport, the Australian postponement is a fact.
The Racing News 365 media stated that this race will be after Brazil, which would advance its event by a week.
The new calendar, which respects the 23 competitions, would already be in the hands of the teams. The issue is complex because when the dates are changed, important logistics work must be done with the changes of flights and hotel reservations, for example.
Other news are the decline in China, which was scheduled for April 11.
In its place would go Imola, on the 18th of the same month and another scenario that saved the potatoes in 2020, Portimao, in Portugal, on May 2.
The annual activity would be delayed a week and the season would end as usual in the last decade, in Abu Dhabi, but on December 12.
Amid global fears over the new strain of COVID-19, Australia has already taken action on sporting events.
Melbourne is also preparing to host the Australian Open, the tennis Grand Slam scheduled for February 8-21.
The government of the state of Victoria has already confirmed that all players participating in the tournament must comply with the two-week quarantine from their arrival in Australia to “ensure the safety of all parties.”
Since March 2020, strict lockdown rules have been put in place, forcing all people who entered Australia and those moving between states to spend two weeks in designated hotels.
In this country, F1 has the problem of assembling the urban circuit in Melbourne’s Albert Park, which usually starts at the end of January.
For now, the tickets have not gone on sale. It is believed that at the end of January the announcement would be made to postpone the Grand Prix, which would return to the epilogue of the exercise as it did more than 25 years ago.
The antecedents that were taken as a reference for the possible delay are the postponements of the beginnings of Formula E and IndyCar.
The electric car category was scheduled to start in Santiago de Chile with a double date on January 16 and 17.
But due to the closure of borders with the United Kingdom and as five teams come from there, it was decided to postpone the event, without a new date designated.
The races in the trans-Andean capital were also going to be held on an urban layout that is set up in the O’Higgins Park.
While the American category, the second most important of monoposts worldwide behind F1, did the same. He was going to put first on March 7 in another street scene in St. Petersburg, Florida. But it was passed for April 25.
The situation is delicate. The president of the FIA, Jean Todt knows this. “This did not end. Confinement can still happen because the virus is there.
There were advances with vaccines. But I am sure that over the next few days, we will hear a lot of potential changes in the different calendars, not only in F1, but in other calendars. We cannot hope to have a normal season, “he acknowledged.
New Years, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit.
The vaccines are giving air little by little amid the sprouts and the new strain. In this context, F1 is on a red alert and like its teams in the race, they plan a change of strategy. (GG) (Infobae)
Possible new 2021 Formula 1 calendar
1 28/3 Bahrain GP Sakhir
2 18/4 GP of Emilia Romagna Imola
3 2/5 Portuguese GP Portimao
4 9/5 Spanish GP Barcelona
5 23/5 Monaco Monte Carlo GP
6 6/6 Azerbaijan GP Baku
7 13/6 Canadian GP Montreal
8 27/6 French GP Paul Ricard
9 4/7 Austrian GP Red Bull Ring
10 18/7 England GP Silverstone
11 1/8 Hungarian GP Hungaroring
12 29/8 Belgian GP Spa-Francorchamps
13 5/9 Dutch GP Zandvoort
14 12/9 Italian GP Monza
15 26/9 Singapore GP Marina Bay
16 3/10 Russian GP Sochi
17 10/10 Japan GP Suzuka
18 10/24 United States GP Austin
19 31/10 Mexican GP Hermanos Rodríguez
20 7/11 GP of San Pablo Interlagos
11 21 21 Australian GP Melbourne
22 5/12 Saudi Arabian GP Jeddah
23 12/12 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina GP