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2021 F1 season guide: updated race calendar and driver grid

Campaign will now begin with the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March

The provisional calendar for the 2021 Formula 1 season has been updated and it’s in Bahrain where the drivers will get to race for the first time this year. 

Sakhir will host the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March, with the season opener taking place a week later than originally scheduled. The Australian Grand Prix has now moved to a new date in November. 

Imola returns to the calendar with the second race on 18 April, but due to travel restrictions no date has been confirmed for the Chinese Grand Prix as yet. Silverstone will host the British Grand Prix on 18 July and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will host the season finale on 12 December. 

F1 says revisions to the 2021 calendar are subject to World Motor Sport Council approval.

Updated F1 2021 race calendar
  • 28 March: Bahrain (Sakhir)
  • 18 April: Italy (Imola)
  • 2 May: TBC
  • 9 May: Spain (Barcelona)
  • 23 May: Monaco (Monaco)
  • 6 June: Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • 13 June: Canada (Montreal)
  • 27 June: France (Le Castellet)
  • 4 July: Austria (Spielberg)
  • 18 July: United Kingdom (Silverstone)
  • 1 August: Hungary (Budapest)
  • 29 August: Belgium (Spa)
  • 5 September: Netherlands (Zandvoort)
  • 12 September: Italy (Monza)
  • 26 September: Russia (Sochi)
  • 3 October: Singapore (Singapore)
  • 10 October: Japan (Suzuka)
  • 24 October: USA (Austin)
  • 31 October: Mexico (Mexico City)
  • 7 November: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
  • 21 November: Australia (Melbourne*)
  • 5 December: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah**)
  • 12 December: Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)
  • * Revisions to calendar are subject to World Motor Sport Council approval
  • ** Subject to circuit homologation
Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time Formula 1 world champion

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Lewis aims to title No.8

After equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles Lewis Hamilton will head into the 2021 Formula 1 season looking to make more history on the track. 

Hamilton is yet to renew his contract with Mercedes, but the British driver could be on the verge of finalising a lucrative new deal with the constructors’ champions, the London Evening Standard reported. 

The 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner will again be joined in the Mercedes line-up by Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will welcome Carlos Sainz as his team-mate for the new season.

Rookies Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, Michael’s son, will make their F1 debuts for Haas and Yuki Tsunoda has replaced Daniil Kvyat at AlphaTauri.

Other major moves see Sebastian Vettel line up in the Aston Martin team alongside Lance Stroll; Sergio Perez partner Max Verstappen at Red Bull; Daniel Ricciardo replace Sainz at McLaren; and Fernando Alonso return to F1 with Alpine. 

F1 2021 driver grid 
  • Mercedes: Valtteri Bottas (No.77), vacant (Lewis Hamilton; No.44)
  • Red Bull: Max Verstappen (No.33) and Sergio Perez (No.11)
  • Ferrari: Charles Leclerc (No.16) and Carlos Sainz (No.55)
  • Aston Martin (formerly Racing Point): Sebastian Vettel (No.5) and Lance Stroll (No.18)
  • McLaren: Lando Norris (No.4) and Daniel Ricciardo (No.3)
  • Alpine (formerly Renault): Fernando Alonso (No.14) and Esteban Ocon (No.31)
  • AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda (No.22) and Pierre Gasly (No.10)
  • Alfa Romeo: Kimi Raikkonen (No.7) and Antonio Giovinazzi (No.99)
  • Haas: Mick Schumacher (No.47) and Nikita Mazepin (No.9)
  • Williams: Nicholas Latifi (No.6) and George Russell (No.63)

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