The lights of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship are almost, almost here.
After the coronavirus shortened the 2020 racing schedule, F1 racing is furiously back on March 28 with a record-breaking 23 race list, an increase from the 17-race sprint that took place in 2020. Sakhir hosts the debut of the 2021 season, with the Bahrain Grand Prix opening the season.
The 2020 F1 season has been one to remember: Lewis Hamilton reached his seventh world championship, George Russell got behind the wheel of a Mercedes in a glimpse into the future, Romain Grosjean miraculously survived a horrific accident and Pierre Gasly was the first Frenchman to win a grand prize in almost a quarter of a century.
AFTER: F1 drivers, teams for 2021
Imola will make a return to the calendar in 2021 in Round 2, less than a year after five drivers missed out on a series of technical breakdowns and an accident that sidelined the riders. The slate also sees runners jumping across the pond again to compete in three races in North America this year, after all of the races for 2020 have been held in Europe and Asia.
Prepare for the lights to go out this Sunday. Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 F1 calendar.
(All Eastern hours.)
Formula 1 calendar 2021
In all, there are 23 races scheduled in the 2021 F1 season, with the Portuguese Grand Prix the last race added, slipping on record in the first week of March. The originally planned Vietnam Grand Prix was canceled after the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung, while the Chinese Grand Prix is currently in the air. It was originally scheduled for April 11, but will likely not take place this season.
All races will be broadcast on the US side on the ESPN family of networks, with the United States Grand Prix and the Mexico City Grand Prix both airing on ABC.
Note: The start times on time are indicative of the start of the TV show, while the lights are turned off traditionally 10 minutes after the show start time. The timetables do not include the usual ESPN broadcasts before the race.
Here is the latest schedule:
|Dated||Race||Classes||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11:00||ESPN2||To be determined|
|April 18||Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna||Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit||9 hours||To be determined||To be determined|
|May 2nd||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||To be determined|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona-Catalonia Circuit||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|23 May||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Tour||8 h||ESPN||To be determined|
|June 13||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||14 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|June 27||Grand Prix of France||Paul Ricard Circuit||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|4th July||Austrian Grand Prix||Red bull ring||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||To be determined|
|August 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 hours||ESPN||To be determined|
|August 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|Sep 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|Sep 12||Italian Grand Prix||Monza National Circuit||9 hours||ESPN2||To be determined|
|Sep 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 h||ESPN2||To be determined|
|October 3||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit||8 h||ESPN2||To be determined|
|October 10||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Running Course||1 o’clock in the morning||ESPN2||To be determined|
|24 october||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3 p.m.||ABC||To be determined|
|October 31||Mexico Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||3 p.m.||ABC||To be determined|
|November 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodrome Jose Carlos Pace||Noon||ESPN2||To be determined|
|21 November||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||1 o’clock in the morning||ESPN News||To be determined|
|Dec 5||Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia||Jeddah Street Circuit||11 o’clock in the evening||ESPN2||To be determined|
|12 dec.||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8 h||ESPN2||To be determined|