SYDNEY, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Due to continued international travel disruptions and Covid-19 concern, the Australian Grand Prix will not be staged in March as the first stop of the 2021 season.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation confirmed in a press release on Tuesday that the Albert Park race, which was meant to be held in Melbourne from March 18-21, will be shifted to Nov. 18-21.
“It is great news that we have already been able to agree a rescheduled date for the Australian Grand Prix in November… Obviously, the virus situation remains fluid, but we have the experience from last season with all our partners and promoters to adapt accordingly and safely in 2021,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
He also confirmed that the number of races planned for the 2021 season remains unchanged and Bahrain will be the season opener. The government of the state of Victoria where Melbourne is located said this is a right decision.
Last March, the 2020 Australian Grand Prix were called off after members of some teams tested positive for the Covid-19.
“As the third-last race of the season, this provides the opportunity to safely host what could be the championship-decider in Melbourne in the lead-in to summer,” said Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman Paul Little.