The World Cup plans to start with a double appointment in Bahrain

The coronavirus endangers the Portuguese GP, scheduled as the third race of the contest. If so, there would be two races at Sakhir and Ímola would be delayed.


The evolution of the coronavirus pandemic may cause further changes to the Formula 1 calendar scheduled for 2021. According to the Dutch media Grand Prix Radio, the situation in Portugal, aspiring to occupy the third grand prix of the season (May 2 ) although not assigned at the moment. In the event that Portimao falls off the agenda, it is contemplated, always according to information from the Dutch media and in the absence of official confirmation, that the season will start with a double appointment in Bahrain, March 28 and April 4, which would cause that the Italian GP in Ímola is delayed from April 18 to 25, to allow for the transport of the teams.

Formula 1 would thus emulate MotoGP, which starts with a double at the Losail circuit (Qatar), also on March 28 and April 4. The FIA and the FOM have not yet ruled on the matter, nor on whether the two races in Bahrain would be held on two different versions of the track, as happened in the past 2020.

The F1 calendar has already undergone variations on the initial plan, since the Australian GP, scheduled to kick off and finally moved to November, was canceled and the tests scheduled in Montmeló moved to Bahrain, with the objective to reduce to the maximum the mobility of the World Cup caravan.

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