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F1 2021 season guide: grand prix calendar and race winners

Sprint qualifying given green light for three GPs and Turkey replaces Canada 

There has been a change in the 2021 Formula 1 race calendar with round seven now taking place in Turkey instead of Canada. 

In a statement F1 said the change was made due to the ongoing international travel restrictions in place in Canada. “It became impossible for Formula 1 to enter the country without a mandatory 14-day quarantine.”

The 2021 F1 Turkish Grand Prix will be held from 11-13 June at the Istanbul Park circuit. In November last year the grand prix in Turkey saw Lewis Hamilton crowned world champion for a record-equalling seventh time.

F1 president Stefano Domenicali said: “While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season, we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a grand prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season. I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible.”

Sprint qualifying confirmed 

F1 has confirmed that a new sprint qualifying format will be introduced for three races in the 2021 world championship. 

The FIA, F1 and all ten teams unanimously approved the adoption of the concept, which will be held at two European venues - believed to be Silverstone in July and Monza in September - and one non-European location towards the end of the season, Sky Sports reports. 

On the Friday of the race weekend there will be a qualifying session after the first free practice that will determine the grid for the sprint qualifying on Saturday. 

The results of Saturday’s sprint qualifying will determine the grid for Sunday’s race. It has also been decided that the top three finishers in Saturday’s sprint qualifying will receive points, with first place receiving three points, second place two points and third place one point.

F1 said the format is designed to “increase the on-track action and engage fans in a new and innovative way”. 

“We are excited by this new opportunity that will bring our fans an even more engaging race weekend in 2021,” said Formula 1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Seeing the drivers battling it out over three days will be an amazing experience and I am sure the drivers will relish the fight.” 

How the F1 sprint qualifying format will work 

Friday 

  • 60-minute first practice in the morning with two sets of tyres for teams to choose freely 
  • Normal qualifying format in the afternoon with five soft tyre sets available only

Saturday 

  • 60-minute second free practice in the morning with one set of tyres for teams to choose freely 
  • 100km sprint qualifying in the afternoon with two sets of tyres for teams to choose freely 

Sunday 

  • Full distance grand prix with two remaining sets of tyres

F1 2021 teams and driver grid

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (No.44) and Valtteri Bottas (No.77)
  • Red Bull: Max Verstappen (No.33) and Sergio Perez (No.11)
  • Ferrari: Charles Leclerc (No.16) and Carlos Sainz (No.55)
  • Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel (No.5) and Lance Stroll (No.18)
  • McLaren: Lando Norris (No.4) and Daniel Ricciardo (No.3)
  • Alpine: 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)
Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time Formula 1 world champion

Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time Formula 1 world champion

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F1 2021 grand prix calendar and race winners 

All start times UK 

Bahrain GP

  • Race winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Emilia-Romagna GP

  • Race winner: Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)

Portuguese GP

  • When: 2 May (3pm BST)

Spanish GP

  • When: 9 May (2pm) 

Monaco GP

  • When: 23 May (2pm) 

Azerbaijan GP

  • When: 6 June (1pm)

Turkish GP

  • When: 13 June (Time TBC) 

French GP

  • When: 27 June (2pm)

Austrian GP

  • When: 4 July (2pm) 

British GP

  • When: 18 July (3pm) 

Hungarian GP

  • When: 1 August (2pm) 

Belgian GP

  • When: 29 August (2pm) 

Dutch GP

  • When: 5 September (2pm) 

Italian GP

  • When: 12 September (2pm) 

Russian GP

  • When: 26 September (1pm) 

Singapore GP

  • When: 3 October (1pm) 

Japanese GP

  • When: 10 October (6am) 

United States GP

  • When: 24 October (8pm) 

Mexico City GP

  • When: 31 October (7pm) 

Sao Paulo GP

  • When: 7 November (5pm) 

Australian GP

  • When: 21 November (6am) 

Saudi Arabian GP

  • When: 5 December (4pm)

Abu Dhabi GP

  • When: 12 December (1pm)

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