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Australia, China F1 postponed as coronavirus hits 2021 calendar

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Noah Ferguson | 12 January, 2021, 12:17

The start of the Formula 1 season is therefore postponed by a week.

"The decision to keep Australia on the calendar underlines how important our race is to the Formula 1 Championship". The first race on March 28 is in Bahrain, after which one has to wait three weeks for the next race and also the first race in Europe.

Barcelona has been the traditional home of winter testing in recent years but pre-season running for 2021 is set to move to Bahrain as Australia and China appear likely to postpone their race events amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

However, unlike in 2020 - when the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled altogether at the 11th hour following an outbreak of coronavirus in the paddock - F1 has re-arranged the race for a 21 November slot.

The Italian circuit is tipped to host its 2021 race on 18 April, with the news to be announced by the president of the Emilia-Romagna region, Stefano Bonaccini, at 9.15am.

As such, the 2021 schedule will look different to the one originally announced by F1 back in November, with Imola making an unexpected return to the calendar, having filled in as an additional race on the re-written 2020 calendar.

"The Australian Grand Prix is one of the great events in the world and we'll make sure it can be run safely and successfully in November, " he said.

The Chinese GP has also been delayed but no new date has been set for the race.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions, the Australian GP has now been postponed back to the November 21 for the 21st round, while the Chinese GP will also not take place on its scheduled date - with no new slot confirmed.

"Obviously, the virus situation remains fluid, but we have the experience from last season with all our partners and promoters to adapt accordingly and safely in 2021", Domenicali said.

The change in timeslot means it will be the 21st of the season's 23 races.

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