A 23-race provisional calendar for 2021 was submitted to F1 teams during a virtual meeting of the sport’s F1 Commission on Monday.
A draft schedule had circulated on the internet recently and the latest proposal which was submitted to the teams for the very first reportedly highlights several changes.
Despite Australia’s closed borders and current travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is banking on an improved sanitary situation down the road as Melbourne is set to kick off the season, as usual, on March 21.
Bahrain will follow a week later before teams enjoy a two-week gap before the China GP on April 11.
Hanoi in Vietnam will host its maiden F1 race a fortnight later, but contrary to expectations, Zandvoort will not open the European season in May. The Dutch race has been pushed back to the mate summer and slotted in as part of a triple-header with Spa and Monza.