The 2021 F1 calendar has not been fully announced yet, but considering how many times the 2020 calendar was revised, we thought it was time to start planning for next year’s hoped return to (something closer to) normality now.
What races will happen in 2021?
There is no full calendar for 2021 as of September 2020. The Italian Grand Prix weekend has only just begun today (4th September) as the eighth round of a frankly bizarre 2020 season. But we do know details of some races that are confirmed to continue their contracts, and we can assume that some of the late additions to the current calendar will not continue next year.
Currently 18 races are under contract for the 2021 season, and if we assume they will follow a normal pattern of races we can expect a calendar (with no dates) that looks something like this:
2021 F1 Calendar
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park, Melbourne
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
Vietnam Grand Prix
Hanoi Street Circuit
Dutch Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal
French Grand Prix
Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
British Grand Prix
Hungarian Grand Prix
Belgium Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix
Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Russian Grand Prix
Japanese Grand Prix
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas, Austin
Mexico City Grand Prix
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Which tracks aren’t confirmed?
Currently four regular races are not confirmed for a place on the 2020 F1 calendar, although most of these can be expected to re-sign when the calendar is announced:
Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit
Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
Brazilian Grand Prix
Interlagos, Sao Paulo
Which tracks could join the 2021 F1 calendar?
Also, five circuits have joined the calendar for 2020 to help bring up the numbers after a mass cancellation of events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We might see some of these return to the calendar for 2021 – the idea of not having a German Grand Prix while Mercedes continue to dominate seems odd – but the majority will struggle to raise the necessary funds.
Eifel Grand Prix
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
Portuguese Grand Prix
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimao
Turkish Grand Prix
Tuscan Grand Prix
Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Tuscany
Will any new Grands Prix take place in 2021?
The position on new additions to the F1 calendar is still fluid at the moment. Talks have long been held between owners Liberty Media and a group hoping to host a second US race, on a street circuit in Miami. The Miami Grand Prix track has so far been through two different iterations, with a first one through Downtown Miami rejected after objections from locals. 2021 was named as the earliest possible date for the race, around a circuit near the Hard Rock Stadium, which normally hosts the Miami Dolphins NFL team, but little has been heard and the current situation with coronavirus leaves it still up in the air.
A second new race could take place in Rio de Janeiro, with organisers proposing a move for the Brazilian Grand Prix from its current Interlagos home. However little progress appears to have been made on building a new circuit (called Rio MotorPark), so it seems unlikely at the moment.
When will we find out the new F1 calendar?
The F1 calendar is normally announced in principle in the mid or late stages of the preceding season, and then finalised around November/December time when ratified by the World Motorsport Council. But the current situation has meant that the final 2020 calendar was only agreed in August of 2020, so the chances of a 2021 calendar appearing at the normal times seem slim. Also the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, leave planning for 2021 a very tricky task, will we be able to have crowds? Will there be a vaccine? Will some countries be back under lockdown? Right now we just don’t know what the future holds for F1.
What is the 2020 calendar?
You can find full details of the 2020 calendar in our handy guide here, and we will update this article as soon as we have more information about the 2021 season. Also remember to check out Goodwood SpeedWeek presented by Mastercard. This is a one-off event hosted online-only to fill the gap left by the postponement of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, Revival and 78th Members’ Meeting to 2021. It will feature some cracking F1 action from throughout the history of the sport, so do not miss out. To find out more about SpeedWeek, we’ve put together this handy guide.