Following the Australian Grand Prix, Chinas GP may also be shifting into the calendar for the upcoming Formula 1 season. The organisation of the race in Shanghai has requested Formula One to move to the second half of the year. The grand prix is now scheduled for April 11th.
The season should start on 21 March in Australia, but due to the strict corona measures in that country, it is highly uncertain whether Max Verstappen and the other drivers will go there. The local organization talks to the authorities and Formula One about possible relocation of the race. The same applies now to the China GP.
“ We have consultation with Formula One via video call almost weekly. Although the calendar now looks the same as normal, I think it is highly uncertain that our race will take place in April,” says Yibin Yang, manager of race promoter Juss Event, to Chinese media. “We have submitted the formal request to move to the second part of the year.”
On the calendar for 2021 there is a record number of 23 grands prix. If the Grand Prix of Australia is postponed, the Grand Prix of Bahrain will be the opening race on March 28. The Dutch Grand Prix at the circuit of Zandvoort will be on the program for 5 September.
Jean Todt, the chairman of the International Motorsport Federation FIA, said recently that he was counting on the necessary changes to the Formula One calendar. There may be races in Imola and Portimão. The circuits in Italy and Portugal were later added to the calendar last year to fill the gaps that arose because many GPs were unable to pass as a result of the pandemic.
After a possible opening race in Bahrain, the season could take place in Europe for the time being, if the Grand Prix in China is also postponed