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F1 | FIA & F1 commission: Portuguese Grand Prix to be included in the 2021 season

Following the first FIA and F1 commission meeting today (11 February), among other decisions, their intentions for the Portuguese Grand Prix to take the vacant “TBC” slot on this year’s calendar was confirmed.

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F1 | FIA & F1 commission: Portuguese Grand Prix to be included in the 2021 season
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2021 Season Calendar

After the meeting, it was confirmed that in place of the “TBC” slot in the calendar we may have a race in Portimão on the 2nd of May. But “the final agreement is still subject to the promoter” – as the FIA F1 Commission media statement said – as there is still the possibility of the race not happening there at all, it all depends on the impact of COVID-19 (which has the country on lock down right now).

Although the race, which was revived in 2020 after being absent from the F1 calendar since its last appearance in 1995, is yet to be 100% confirmed, it is now part of the 2021 season calendar on a provisional basis.

While global changing circumstances require flexibility, the FIA and F1 are working with governments and local organisations to ensure the calendar goes ahead as planned, complying with robust COVID-19 protocols.

With that being said, the Formula 1 2021 season calendar (updated) is as follows:

March 28: Bahrain

April 18: Imola

May 2: Portimao (subject to promoter agreement)

May 9: Barcelona

May 23: Monaco

June 6: Baku

June 13: Montreal

June 27: Paul Ricard

July 4: Red Bull Ring

July 18: Silverstone

August 1: Hungaroring

August 29: Spa

September 5: Zandvoort

September 12: Monza

September 26: Sochi

October 3: Singapore

October 10: Suzuka

October 24: Austin

October 31: Mexico City

November 7: Interlagos

November 21: Melbourne

December 5: Saudi Arabia

December 12: Abu Dhabi

Other decisions made in the meeting include:

  • Regulation changes

Following a request from Pirelli, and taking into consideration the challenges presented due to the move to 18” tyres and the global pandemic, the number of test days was increased from 25 to 30 days. This will also allow a more equitable distribution of tyre testing during 2021.

  • Environmental Accreditation

FIA announces that Formula 1 and other teams have achieved the highest level of FIA Environmental Accreditation. The topic was discussed during the meeting, including a guided outlined for all teams with the intention of everyone getting the highest level of the accreditation, with this goal being integrated into the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.

They also noted that the regulation changes made today were not final, as they are all subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council.

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