Imola returns and Australian GP moved to November on revised F1 schedule

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Formula One has issued a revised 2021 race schedule, with the planned season-opener in Australia postponed until November and a race at Imola replacing the Chinese Grand Prix.

The changes have been made in response to travel restrictions imposed by governments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The season will now get underway in Bahrain on March 28 and run a week longer than originally planned, with the final race in Abu Dhabi shifted back to December 12. That will create space at the end of the season for the Australian Grand Prix to slot into a new date on November 21 between the Brazilian and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix.

Imola, which staged a grand prix on last year's rescheduled calendar, will be the second race of the year on April 18, with the location of the third race, on May 2, yet to be confirmed. Portimao will also feature for its second Portuguese Grand Prix two weeks later.

Rescheduled 2021 F1 calendar

March 28, Bahrain GP, Sakhir

April 18, Emilia Romagna GP, Imola*

May 2, Portuguse Grand Prix, Portimao

May 9, Spanish GP, Circuit de Catalunya

May 23, Monaco GP, Monte Carlo

June 6, Azerbaijan GP, Baku

June 13, Canadian GP, Montreal

June 27, French GP, Paul Ricard

July 4, Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring

July 18, British GP, Silverstone

August 1, Hungarian GP, Budapest

August 29, Belgian GP, Spa-Fracorchamps

September 5, Dutch GP, Zandvoort

September 12, Italian GP, Monza

September 26, Russian GP, Sochi

October 3, Singapore GP, Marina Bay

October 10, Japanese GP, Suzuka

October 24, U.S. GP, Austin

October 31, Mexican GP, Mexico City

November 7, Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo

November 21, Australian GP, Melbourne

December 5, Saudi Arabian GP, Jeddah

December 2, Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina