Carrying on from a stellar year of action and upsets in 2020 - we are oh-so-close to the start of another season of thrilling Formula 1 action when the lights go out for the Bahrain Grand Prix this Sunday. A packed 23-race F1 calendar has been set for the 2021 season, including the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in this transitional but crucial year of racing before a monumental change in rulesets takes effect in 2022.
The 2021 season sees the end of back-to-back races (as was organised in 2020 to populate the calendar with a shorter season), but a return to long-serving racetracks where the action is intense, and the races awe-inspiring.
This year will see returns to hallowed racetracks – most notably the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit (Australia), Suzuka Circuit (Japan), Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore), and of course, the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo.
Here’s your 2021 Formula 1 Season calendar:
- Bahrain Grand Prix – Sakhir Circuit: 28th March
- Italian Grand Prix – Imola Circuit: 18th April
- Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve Circuit: 2nd May
- Spanish Grand Prix – Barcelona Circuit: 9th May
- Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco: 23rd May
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit: 6th June
- Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve: 14th June
- French Grand Prix - Circuit Paul Ricard: 27th June
- Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring: 4th July
- British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit: 4th July
- Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring: 1st August
- Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps: 29th August
- Dutch Grand Prix – Zandvoort Circuit: 5th September
- Italian Grand Prix – Monza Circuit: 12th September
- Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom: 26th September
- Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay Street Circuit: 3rd October
- Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka International Circuit: 10th October
- United States Grand Prix - Circuit of The Americas: 24th October
- Mexico City Grand Prix – Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez: 31st October
- Sao Paulo Grand Prix – Autódromo José Carlos Pace: 7th November
- Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit: 21st November
- Saudi Arabia Grand Prix – Jeddah Street Circuit: 5th December
- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit: 12th December
With new teams such as Aston Martin and Alpine mixing it in with stalwarts such as McLaren, Ferrari, and RedBull Racing – the action should come thick and fast. All teams will have their crosshairs firmly pointed on defending champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team which returns to defend their 8th Constructors’ Championship title, with no other than winningest F1 driver of all time Lewis Hamilton at the helm.