Several sources unanimously claim that the Grand Prix of Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada may also be missed this year, which could be announced next month. The Australian Grand Prix has already been postponed to a later date, and it now appears that the Chinese Grand Prix may be delayed again this year.
Coronavirus vaccination programs have been launched around the world, but the epidemic has not subsided. The second and third waves cause bigger problems everywhere, thanks in part to new booms compared to last year. There were a few Formula 1 races that were left out of the 22-race schedule set to take place in 2020, but rights holder Liberty Media found an alternative solution, eventually becoming 17 races. As a result, 80% of television revenues are approximately. 800 million, just accumulated.
The 2021 race calendar started with 23 races, but there are already changes. The season opening in Australia will be postponed, the competition will be postponed to November, and the Chinese show will be completely absent. To replace Shanghai So Portimao goes. However, according to FIA president Jean Todt, the changes are far from over. Sources familiar with the matter said that races in Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada may also be removed from the racing calendar, as happened last year. You’ll learn more about this next month.
Monte Carlo and Baku races are held in the streets, which is why work begins with them months before the events. Due to the great uncertainty, the organizers do not dare and do not want to take the risk, so they have to make a timely decision about where to turn next. After severe epidemic numbers in France, Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) has already canceled the historic Monte Carlo Rally this week. The event was supposed to be at the end of January. Preparations for the WRC competition are still underway, and the program is due to start next week. ACM is also the organizer of the Formula 1 race in the Duchy, which was announced in mid-March 2020 to cancel.
Canada has tightly closed its borders to foreigners and very strict measures have been taken due to the coronavirus pandemic. As in Monaco and Baku, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, construction of the hall and field terraces should start early. Last year, Montreal canceled its race in early April.
However, Liberty Media has already found an alternative for Australia and China, which is Imola and presumably Portimão. The two places were on the race schedule re-thinking last year. If races have already been canceled in Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada, alternatives are already available. Turkey and Istanbul Park will take over the role of Monaco in May, and the Italian Mugello track and the German Nürburgring may take over in early June.