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Brazilian Grand Prix 2021

Sao Paulo GP organisers ask for new F1 race date

Questions still remain over certain events scheduled for the second half of the 2021 F1 season, with Brazil looking to move their GP.

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While organisers of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix have stated that the 2021 F1 race will go ahead, they are keen to push the event back by a week.

There was no Grand Prix in Brazil in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the event is back on the calendar this year as the renamed Sao Paulo GP after a new five-year deal to keep the race at the Interlagos Circuit was agreed.

The race is currently scheduled for November 7, though Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria revealed in a press conference that a request has been sent to F1 to move the date to November 14, in order to coincide with Brazil's Republic Proclamation Day – a national holiday observed the following Monday.

Organisers are hopeful fan capacity will be at 100 percent for the event, though that will depend on the rate of vaccination in the area. 40,000 tickets were recently snapped up by fans, with more set to go on sale after F1 replies regarding the date.

With Australia no longer on the calendar, there is a vacancy between Sao Paulo's round on November 7 and the inaugural race in Saudi Arabia on December 5. However, it remains to be seen whether F1 will accept the request.

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