According to press reports, the 2021 F1 World Car Speed Championship will start in March in Bahrain instead of Australia.
Several international magazines on Monday also wrote it
Melbourne race organizers have already agreed to compensate the Australian Grand Prix at a later time as strict measures have been introduced in the country, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine of entrants due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to the pandemic and related regulations, the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament, which takes place from February 8 instead of the traditional January end date, has also been postponed.
Formula 1 drivers set the first race in the 23-race calendar to Melbourne on March 21, while the Bahrain Grand Prix was scheduled to begin a week later, on March 28.
Tickets have yet to go on sale in Australia, and Monday’s press releases have not been officially commented by either Melbourne regulators or the Formula One administration.
The race opening weekend could not have been held last season in Melbourne due to the coronavirus epidemic and it did not happen at a later time, the season could only start in July in Austria, and finally end with 22 instead of 22. There were also two competitions in Bahrain. Last year, the Bahrain Grand Prix in late November, and the Sahara Grand Prix in early December.
Complicating matters further is the fact that seven of the ten Formula 1 teams are headquartered in the United Kingdom, where a new upsurge in the virus has emerged, and the number of positive cases has also increased in recent weeks. Therefore, it is not currently possible to travel from Britain to many countries around the world.
Last year, three jockeys, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll (both Racing Point), and now seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) were infected with the virus and had to quarantine. After the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ended, Formula 1 sports director Ross Brown reported that in 2020, about 80,000 tests were performed on sports workers in 17 races, and the result was positive in less than 100 cases, which is 0, It represents 11 percent.
The Hungarian Grand Prix was held on July 19 of last year, behind closed doors in Hungaroringen, and this year’s calendar includes a weekend race in Mogyoród on August 1.