F1 2021 calendar: When is the next race, full season schedule and how to watch on TV
Last year’s Formula One season was heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but the FIA and F1 still managed to put on a season of 17 races. The pandemic is ongoing but that has not stopped a record 23-race season being planned.
The season got under way on March 28 with the Bahrain Grand Prix and once we are done with the second race at Imola, races will come thick and fast. Read below for more information about the season including the full standings, how to watch and what is new for the season.
When is the next race?
The next race is the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which takes place at Imola from Friday April 16 until Sunday April 18.
What are the current standings?
Drivers top 10′:
What’s new for 2021?
A fair bit and not a lot. You should remember that 2021 was supposed to be the start of a new era for F1 as significant regulation – and budgetary – changes came into play. With the financial damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, however, F1 decided to put back the regulation changes until 2022. Budgetary requirements have still come in (more about that here) but the cars will, largely, be the same as last season with a few small but significant tweaks. The Pirelli tyres have a new construction for this season, too.
First and foremost, though, there are two “new teams”. Or rather two teams that have new names. Renault have become Alpine and Racing Point have become Aston Martin.
The biggest and most significant change is the potential for three qualifying ‘sprint’ races, which would decide the grid order for Sunday’s Grand Prix at the British, Italian and Brazilian rounds. A bit more on the proposal here.
Excluding any sprint race trials, the traditional four-day weekend – with Thursday usually reserved for various media duties – has been turned into a three-day event. The days of four hours worth of free practice are gone, too. Free practice one and two – previously 90 minutes each – will now only run for an hour. The 60 minutes of final practice on Saturday remains unchanged, though parc ferme rules will now apply after that session rather than after qualifying.
There are a couple of new and returning circuits for this season, too. The first comes with the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort on September 5 (this was due to run in May last season) and also the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 5 on the Jeddah Street Circuit.
On the driver side of things, Fernando Alonso returns for Alpine, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin make their debuts with Haas. Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda becomes the first full-time F1 driver to be born in the 21st century. Elsewhere, Daniel Ricciardo moves to McLaren, Carlos Sainz moves from McLaren to Ferrari and Sergio Peréz lines up alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull.
And, if you particularly care about that type of thing, both Mercedes and Aston Martin will share Safety and Medical Car duties. They have been given an update for 2021 and they look pretty neat, I reckon.
If you are in the UK, you can watch every practice session, qualifying and race on Sky Sports F1. Highlights will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Saturday and Sunday evenings, with one race – likely the British Grand Prix – shown live.
If you are outside of the UK there is a good chance you will be able to subscribe to Formula One’s own F1TV.
Will there be fans at the races this year?
Yes, but with the coronavirus pandemic in many different stages throughout the world, we are unsure which races and how many fans. Certainly there is a good possibility that the British Grand Prix on July 18 will be able to welcome the usual hundreds of thousands of spectators, if the Government’s roadmap for releasing restrictions is followed and all measures are done by June 21.
Provisional 2021 F1 calendar in full
Naturally, the below dates come with the caveat that, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, these locations and dates could change. The Australian Grand Prix has already been postponed until November. Last season showed that circuits and organisers are there to step in at the last minute, so it is not unrealistic to expect a season as full as planned.
The current plan is also for fans to be allowed, in some capacity at least, but we will have to see how that goes. At the moment only those who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors.
March 28 – Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes) April 18 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola May 2 – Portuguese Grand Prix, Algarve May 9 – Spanish Grand Prix, Catalunya May 23 – Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo June 6 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku June 13 – Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal June 27 – French Grand Prix, Le Castellet July 4 – Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg July 18 – British Grand Prix, Silverstone August 1 – Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring August 29 – Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps September 5 – Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort September 12 – Italian Grand Prix, Monza September 26 – Russian Grand Prix, Sochi October 3 – Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay October 10 – Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka October 24 – United States Grand Prix, Austin October 31 – Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City November 7 – Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos November 21 – Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park December 5 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah December 12 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina
Zeen is a next generation WordPress theme. It’s powerful, beautifully designed and comes with everything you need to engage your visitors and increase conversions.