Australian Grand Prix considers more frequent race at end of year

22-02-2021 10:03
by GPblog.com
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Australian Grand Prix considers more frequent race at end of year

The 2021 Australian Grand Prix has been postponed to November due to the coronavirus, and that has given the organisers pause for thought. The race that has been the opening of the Formula 1 season for years is now looking at options for the future.

Interaction with the MotoGP

The Australian Grand Prix has been the start of the Formula One season for years. In the mostly sunny Melbourne, the F1 paddock meets for the first time to see how each team is doing. In 2020, the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

In 2021, Australia was originally scheduled to be back on the calendar, but the ongoing pandemic forced the race to be postponed again. Now the race is scheduled for November and that makes the Australian Grand Prix Corporation think again. For years the race has been held at the beginning of the year, but is November not also a good option?

Australia later in the year

The race is held so early to keep the F1 race and the MotoGP race as far apart as possible. The motorbike race at Phillip Island is normally in October and so the races are now close together. For 2022 this gives a good indication. AGPC director, Andrew Westacott, keeps all options open for next season.

''There is nothing definite about 2022 yet. We have always enjoyed the first place on the calendar in F1. It suits us to be an important milestone on the calendar. However, I am also open to other options and no decision has been made on it yet,'' Westacott told Motorsport.com.

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