News – PH – F1 2021: Pre-Season Tests, Start Dates, Full Schedule and Calendar


All the details on pre-season activities, team car start dates and the full calendar before the 2021 season

Last year’s Formula 1 season was badly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but the FIA ​​and F1 were still able to compete in a season of 17 races.The pandemic continues but that hasn’t prevented it a record season with 23 races is planned

The Australian Grand Prix planned for mid-March, however, has already been postponed to November March begins with the first free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Read below for more information on the season, including winter testing, car launch dates, and the full calendar

Testing for the coming season has been further reduced, and pre-season testing now takes place in just three days.It was originally supposed to be held in Barcelona in early March as usual, but the location and dates have been postponed

The three days of testing will now take place in Bahrain – well, it makes sense now – from Friday the 12th March until Sunday the 14th March, on the Sakhir Circuit Exact times have yet to be announced, but you’d expect a fairly early start in the morning and an end in the afternoon in UK time

Details of TV coverage have not yet been released, although Sky Sports F1 and F1 TV fully covered all test days last year you would expect the same to be the case this season, but there are logistical difficulties this year, that have not yet passed in 2020

A fair bit, and not by much, you should remember that 2021 was to mark the start of a new era for Formula 1 when significant regulatory and budgetary changes came into play given the financial caused by the coronavirus pandemic Damage, however, F1 decided to roll back the changes to the regulations until 2022. The budget requests have still been received (more on that here), but the cars will be largely the same as last season, with a few small but significant improvements, so don’t expect any significant ones Rearrangement in the chopping order

First and foremost, there are two “new teams”, or rather two teams that have new names. Renault became Alpine and Racing Point became Aston Martin

The biggest and most significant change is the potential for three Sprint Qualifying races that will determine the starting order for Sunday’s Grand Prix at the Canadian, Italian and Brazilian rounds. A bit more on the proposal here

Without sprint test drives, the traditional four-day weekend – Thursday is usually reserved for various media tasks – turned into a three-day event. The days of free practice of four hours are also over.The free practice one and two – previously 90 minutes each – only lasts one hour left The 60 minutes of the last practice session on Saturday remain unchanged, although the Parc Ferme rules now apply after this session and not after qualifying

Also for this season there are some new and recurring tracks. The first one comes with the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort on May 5th September (this should take place in May of last season) and the first Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia on 5 December on the Jeddah Street Circuit

On the driver’s side, Fernando Alonso returns for Alpine, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin make their debut with Haas Daniel Ricciardo moves to McLaren, Carlos Sainz moves from McLaren to Ferrari and Sergio Peréz joins Max Verstappen at Red Bull

The flood of launch dates has not yet shifted into full gear.There are also a few quirks with the chassis names as the reversal of the regulations for 2021 has been postponed to 2022

The following dates are of course subject to the caveat that these locations and dates may change due to the global coronavirus pandemic The Australian Grand Prix has already been postponed to November last season showed that racetracks and organizers were at the last minute are there to intervene So expecting as full a season as planned is not unrealistic

Currently, on 2 A seat may be vacant, and a Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve Circuit is the most likely contender. The current plan also provides for fans to be admitted, at least in some way, but we have to see how that goes

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News – PH – F1 2021: pre-season tests, start dates, full schedule and calendar