2021-02-05 03:23:34 | pre-season tests, car launch dates, full schedule and calendar

Story by: Luke SlaterThe Telegraph

There are a couple of new and returning circuits for this season, too. The first comes with the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort on September 5 (this was due to run in May last season) and also the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 5 on the Jeddah Street Circuit. 

On the driver side of things, Fernando Alonso returns for Alpine, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin make their debuts with Haas. Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda becomes the first full-time F1 driver to be born in the 21st century. Elsewhere, Daniel Ricciardo moves to McLaren, Carlos Sainz moves from McLaren to Ferrari and Sergio Peréz lines up alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull. 

We are still waiting to hear news on Lewis Hamilton’s new contract (or not…?) at Mercedes. 

When are the teams’ car launch dates?

The flurry of launch dates has yet to fully kick into gear, with Mercedes – who have yet to even announce their second driver… – McLaren, AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo the only teams to have set dates so far. There are a few quirks with the chassis names, too, due to the about-face when it came to the 2021 regulations being moved back to 2022. 

We will update this as we have more information. 

Mercedes: W12 March 2

Red Bull: RB16B – TBC

McLaren: MCL35M – February 15

Aston Martin: TBC

Alpine: A521 – TBC

Ferrari: SF21 – TBC

AlphaTauri: AT02 – February 19

Alfa Romeo: C41 – February 22

Haas: TBC

Williams: TBC

Provisional 2021 F1 calendar in full

Naturally, the below dates come with the caveat that, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, these locations and dates could change. The Australian Grand Prix has already been postponed until November. Last season showed that circuits and organisers are there to step in at the last minute, so it is not unrealistic to expect a season as full as planned.  

There is currently a vacant slot on May 2 and a Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve Circuit is the most likely contender. The current plan is also for fans to be allowed, in some capacity at least, but we will have to see how that goes.

March 28 – Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir

April 18 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola

May 2 – TBC

May 9 – Spanish Grand Prix, Catalunya

May 23 – Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

June 6 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku

June 13 – Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal

June 27 – French Grand Prix, Le Castellet

July 4 – Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg

July 18 – British Grand Prix, Silverstone

August 1 – Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring

August 29 – Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

September 5 – Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort

September 12 – Italian Grand Prix, Monza

September 26 – Russian Grand Prix, Sochi

October 3 – Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay

October 10 – Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

October 24 – United States Grand Prix, Austin

October 31 – Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City

November 7 – Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos

November 21 – Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park

December 5 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah

December 12 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina

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Source References:The Telegraph

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