Formula 1 has confirmed a revised calendar for the second half of the 2021 season, having had to make changes in light of cancellations and taking travel restrictions and quarantine requirements into consideration.
As previously reported by RacingNews365.com, the biggest change is a new date for the Turkish Grand Prix and the introduction of a 'To be confirmed' Grand Prix, which is believed to be a race at Qatar's Losail circuit.
The calendar will remain as planned for the Belgian, Dutch and Italian Grand Prix weekends, with Russia also remaining scheduled for September 26.
Turkey was planned for the following weekend to form a doubleheader with Russia, but Formula 1 is believed to be looking to push that out by a week in order to take into consideration travel and quarantine restrictions for Turkey from the UK. This would mean moving Turkey to October 10, the date originally planned for the now formally cancelled Japanese Grand Prix.
Formula 1's return to the United States will be a standalone event on October 24.
Mexico would form a triple-header with Brazil, with Mexico pushed out a week to take place on November 7. Brazil would then take place on November 14, with an unconfirmed race (believed to be Qatar) taking place on November 21.
The season would then conclude with a double-header, starting in Saudi Arabia on December 5 for the first race in Jeddah, before the season finale in Abu Dhabi on December 12.
This revised calendar must meet with team approval before being pushed forward for ratification.
"We are very pleased to announce the updates to the 2021 calendar following extensive discussions with the promoters and national authorities," said Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
"The pandemic continues to present the season with challenges but we have proven we can adapt and we are confident we can deliver a record-breaking 22 races this year despite a global pandemic.
"I want to thank the promoters in Brazil, Mexico and Turkey for their patience and flexibility and we will provide the details of the final addition soon.
"This season is proving to be an incredible battle on the track and this is hugely exciting for our fans around the world and we look forward to the intensity continuing in the races ahead."
Updated Formula 1 calendar 2021 (confirmed)
|12||Belgian Grand Prix||August 29|
|13||Dutch Grand Prix||September 5|
|14||Italian Grand Prix||September 12|
|15||Russian Grand Prix||September 26|
|16||Turkish Grand Prix||October 10|
|17||United States Grand Prix||October 24|
|18||Mexican Grand Prix||November 7|
|19||Brazilian Grand Prix||November 14|
|21||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||December 5|
|22||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||December 12|
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