Portugal Grand Prix got the vacant slot for the third round on 2 May for Formula 1 in 2021.
For the past few weeks, F1 fanatics were waiting for the venue of the third round of Formula 1. Finally, the wait is over with the revelation of Autodromo Internacional do Algarve to hold the event. However, some doubts lingered regarding the safety issues amidst the global pandemic situation.
Recently, both the F1 officials and the circuit organizers were going through discussions. Finally, they went with the plan to host the event in the Algarve region. With Portugal set to host the third event, it is official that Bahrain will hold the opening round of Formula 1 in 2021.
Why Portugal Grand Prix is complicating?
With Portugal set for the vacant slot, it also gave rise to certain complications for the coronavirus restrictions in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, Portugal is there in the ‘red list’ of 33 countries in the United Kingdom. Hence, the listed countries are subject to quarantine restrictions and strict travel rules.
Whoever is arriving in the UK right now must quarantine themselves in a hotel for ten days. No exceptions will be there for the elite sport too. Therefore, it is impossible for the UK-based teams to return home before the Spanish Grand Prix on May 9, 2021. Because of the ten-day lockdown period, the staff will stay in Europe for a longer period.
What is Plan B if Portugal gets unavailable?
There are rumors about a Plan B for the third round of Formula 1 in 2021. If the Portugal venue gets inaccessible because of the coronavirus pandemic. Then there is an idea for Bahrain to hold two rounds of the 2021 season. But the officials never took the idea seriously and went with the plan to host the Grand Prix in Portugal.
As a result, the calendar for the 2021 Formula 1 is finally out. It will begin with Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March. Following that, the next race will stage in the circuits of Imola on 18 April. Finally, the third venue in Portugal on 2 May.
Formula 1 Calendar of the 2021 season
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Sakhir|
||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Imola|
|May 2||Portuguese Grand Prix||Portimao|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona|
|May 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku|
|June 13||Canadian Grand Prix||Montreal|
||French Grand Prix||Le Castellet|
|July 4||Austrian Grand Prix||Spielberg|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone|
|August 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Budapest|
|August 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps|
||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort|
|September 12||Italian Grand Prix||Monza|
|September 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi|
||Singapore Grand Prix||Singapore|
|October 10||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka|
|October 24||United States Grand Prix||Austin|
|October 31||Mexican Grand Prix||Mexico|
|November 14||Sao Paulo Grand Prix||Sao Paulo|
|November 21||Australian Grand Prix||Melbourne|
|December 5||Saudi Arabia Grand Prix||Jeddah|
|December 12||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Abu Dhabi|