F1 to reveal provisional 2021 race calendar to teams – F1

by Oct 26, 20200 comments

[ad_1]

The provisional 2021 Formula 1 world championship schedule will be formally presented to the teams in a virtual meeting of the F1 Commission today.

F1 CEO Chase Carey has long made it clear that he wants next year to closely resemble the originally planned 2020 calendar, which subsequently underwent huge changes in the wake of COVID-19, with a planned start in Melbourne in March.

However, with no sign of a vaccine there’s clearly a strong chance some races that were cancelled this year – especially street events and those outside Europe – will ultimately be called off once again.

The complication is that for legal and political reasons F1 is obliged to put contracted events on the provisional calendar even if logic suggests that they are unlikely to happen.

This year’s cancellations involved complex negotiations over who made the final call, and where the responsibility for any decision lay.

An extreme example of that was seen recently when the Vietnam Grand Prix organisers only formally confirmed the cancellation of their 2020 race several weeks after a final schedule was issued by F1.

Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer would prefer to see a draft 2021 calendar that more accurately reflects what is likely to happen.

“We’re going to have that discussion tomorrow [Monday],” he said when asked about the outlook for the 2021 F1 calendar by Autosport. “But my preference is that we have a realistic calendar. Now I know it’s hard to predict the future with what’s going on.

“I don’t think we can predict a month from now, I don’t know where the world is going to be in a month, and in late November with the virus spreading like it is in Europe, and in some other places, North America.

“And then the other thing I don’t know is, I keep reading about a few vaccines that are looking promising and are well into the phase three trials. When will that come out?

“I don’t know those things. So it’s hard to predict. However, I would rather have a realistic one than an optimistic one, so we can plan. But I just don’t know what realistic means.”

Szafnauer said he would press F1 bosses in today’s meeting: “I will ask the question, ‘In your mind, what do you think the probability or the likelihood is of us actually having this as a calendar? Is the probability low? Do we not also have a back-up?’ So we can plan better.

“But then maybe the calendar that we’re shown will be realistic, and we’ll have a discussion.”

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl remains hopeful that the series can return to a “normal” schedule in 2021.

“To be honest we first have to wait for what we will see tomorrow, what F1 will present us,” Seidl said when asked by Autosport for his expectations for next year’s F1 calendar.

“It was a challenging year this year, something we have never experienced before. And I still think that F1 together with us handled this quite well, because we thought in April or May that we hopefully have a season with up to 17 races this year. And I have a lot of trust that F1 will do the right thing also for next year.

“And of course the situation is quite dynamic. At the same time I think it’s also important to keep some positivity up, and hopefully we can then have a more normal race calendar again next year.”

[ad_2]

Source link

Read More 

Ford set to supply engines to Red Bull Racing in 2026

Ford set to supply engines to Red Bull Racing in 2026

Red Bull Powertrains and Ford are to partner on the development of the next-gen hybrid power unit, the companies revealed in New York at the racing team's 2023 launch. The deal ensures an engine supply to Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams from 2026...

Haas first to reveal livery for new F1 season

Haas first to reveal livery for new F1 season

MoneyGram Haas F1 Team today unveiled the new livery of its VF-23 entry to be raced by Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg throughout the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The livery reveal reflects the new title partnership of MoneyGram International Inc. – a...

Alfa Romeo confirms new title partnership with Stake

Alfa Romeo confirms new title partnership with Stake

Following the departure of former title sponsor Orlen, Alfa Romeo have announced entertainment and lifestyle brand Stake as their new title sponsor, meaning the team will have an altered team name and logo for the upcoming F1 campaign.

Leave a comment.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.