Organisers of Australian GP see opportunity with new date

12-01-2021 18:33 | Updated: 12-01-2021 19:44
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Organisers of Australian GP see opportunity with new date

The Australian Grand Prix will not be the first race of the season in 2021. Instead, the Albert Park circuit will be the 21st, making it the third to last race of the year. The organizers now hope that the season can be decided in Melbourne.

No start in Australia again

For the second year in a row, the Formula 1 season will not traditionally kick off in Australia. Due to the country's strict coronavirus rules, the race has been moved to 21 November. As a result, it is now the 21st of 23 races scheduled for 2021.

Delayed Grand Prix offers new opportunities

Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little, however, sees this as something very positive and hopes the championship can be decided on the streets of Melbourne. "We’re very excited to be able to confirm the rescheduling of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix to 18-21 November 2021. This wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support of the Victorian Government and Formula 1," Little told

"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. We’d like to thank our loyal motorsport fans and employees for their understanding in these challenging times," Little concluded.

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