Australian Grand Prix Delayed To Late 2021

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UPDATE [12/01/21]: As predicted by Aston Martin F1 owner Lawrence Stroll last week, the Australian Grand Prix has officially been rescheduled to November 18th of 2021. See you then, Melbourne.

The Australian Grand Prix has been pushed back to the second half of 2021, according to Aston Martin F1 (formerly Racing Point) team owner and Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. While the media has naturally chalked it up to COVID-19 related concerns, particularly the current restrictions in place for international arrivals which pose a major logistical issue, an exact reason has yet to be issued – not by Formula 1, the FIA, nor Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

“Melbourne has been – it’s not officially announced but it will be – not cancelled, but postponed,” the father of Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll tells Reuters.

“We will go there sometime in the fall and the first race will be [the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28th].”



If what we’re hearing is indeed true, this will mark the second year in a row Albert Park has been impacted by COVID-19. As many of you may recall, last year’s Australian Grand Prix faced cancellation at the very last minute, leaving countless – including the entire BH office – stranded in Melbourne.

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As reported by The Age earlier this week, the Victorian government confirmed the Australian Grand Prix for 2021 was the subject of “live negotiation” with Formula 1 management due to the state’s ongoing battle with another COVID-19 outbreak. But given how the Australian Open is still going ahead at this stage, the delay in question does appear to be motivated by logistics as opposed to health concerns for those involved.

“I do believe we’re in for a difficult two or three months,” adds Stroll.

“There is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine. I think the first few races will be slightly challenging. But Formula One management and the FIA… I really take my hat off to them, to deliver 17 races as we did last year in 23 weeks, without really any major hiccups, in a very impressive manner.”

“I think the worst is behind us and we’ve learnt through last year how to proceed with this year.”

Here’s to yet another interesting year…



Formula 1 Race Calendar for 2021 (revised)

  • 28 March
    FORMULA 1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – Bahrain International Circuit
    (Sakhir, Bahrain)
  • 11 April
    FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX – Shanghai International Circuit
    (Shanghai, China)
  • 25 April
    TBC – TBC
    (TBC)
  • 9 May
    FORMULA 1 SPANISH GRAND PRIX – Circuit de Catalunya
    (Barcelona, Spain) [Subject To Contract]
  • 23 May
    FORMULA 1 MONACO GRAND PRIX – Monaco
    (Monaco)
  • 6 June
    FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX – Baku City Circuit
    (Baku, Azerbaijan)
  • 13 June
    FORMULA 1 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
    (Montreal, Canada)
  • 27 June
    FORMULA 1 FRENCH GRAND PRIX – Paul Ricard
    (Le Castellet, France)
  • 4 July
    FORMULA 1 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX – Red Bull Ring
    (Spielberg, Austria)
  • 18 July
    FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – Silverstone
    (Silverstone, UK)
  • 1 August
    FORMULA 1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX – Hungaroring
    (Budapest, Hungary)
  • 29 August
    FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – Spa-Francorchamps
    (Spa, Belgium)
  • 5 September
    FORMULA 1 DUTCH GRAND PRIX – Zandvoort
    (Zandvoort, Netherlands)
  • 12 September
    FORMULA 1 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – Monza
    (Monza, Italy)
  • 26 September
    FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – Sochi Autodrom
    (Sochi, Russia)
  • 3 October
    FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – SINGAPORE
    (Singapore)
  • 10 October
    FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – Suzuka
    (Suzuka, Japan)
  • 24 October
    FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX – Circuit of the Americas
    (Austin, US)
  • 31 October
    FORMULA 1 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
    (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • 14 November
    FORMULA 1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – Interlagos
    (Sao Paulo, Brazil) [Subject To Contract]
  • 28 November
    FORMULA 1 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX – Jeddah
    (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
  • 5 December
    FORMULA 1 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – Yas Marina
    (Abu Dhabi)