F1 shortens 2021 calendar and axes triple-headers


After the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix, Formula 1 has shortened the 2021 calendar and spread out the remaining races

Max Verstappen performs donuts on the start finish straight after the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi remains this year's final race on December 12


This year’s Formula 1 calendar has officially been shortened by one race, after organisers decided not to replace the recently cancelled Japanese Grand Prix.

Despite being reduced from the original 23-race plan, the current season is still set to feature a record-breaking 22 grands prix.

Some autumn race dates have been shifted in the revised calendar, published today, dismantling the scheduled series of three triple headers, which would have seen a gruelling nine F1 races in 11 weeks.

The Dutch and Italian Grands Prix will take place over the next two weeks as originally planned, and the Russian Grand Prix will also take place as scheduled on September 26.

But the Turkish Grand Prix has now been pushed back a week to October 10, which was originally the slot for the Japanese race.

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The paddock will cross the Atlantic for the United States Grand Prix as planned on October 24, but will now have an additional week between the Texan race and the following round in Mexico, on November 7.

The Brazilian Grand Prix follows a week later and one race venue remains to be confirmed on November 21.

There’s no change to the late finish to this year’s season: the final two races in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi take place on December 5 and 12.

“The pandemic continues to present the season with challenges but we have proven we can adapt and we are confident we can deliver a record-breaking 22 races this year despite a global pandemic,” said F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali.

“We will provide the details of the final addition soon. This season is proving to be an incredible battle on the track. Thos is hugely exciting for our fans around the world and we look forward to the intensity continuing in the races ahead.”

2021 revised F1 calendar

Date Race
September 5 Dutch Grand Prix
September 12 Italian Grand Prix
September 26 Russian Grand Prix
October 10 Turkish Grand Prix
October 24 United States Grand Prix
November 7 Mexican Grand Prix
November 14 Brazilian Grand Prix
November 21 TBC
December 5 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
December 12 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix