Lights out on the 2021 Formula 1 world championship is almost, almost here.
After the coronavirus shortened the 2020 race schedule, F1 racing is back in a furious way come March 28 with a record slate of 23 races, an increase from the 17-race sprint that took place in 2020. Sakhir plays host to the 2021 season debut, with the Bahrain Grand Prix
The 2020 F1 season was all sorts of memorable: Lewis Hamilton cruised to his seventh world championship, George Russell took a seat behind the wheel of a Mercedes in a glimpse of the future, Romain Grosjean miraculously survived a horrifying crash and Pierre Gasly was the first Frenchman to win a grand prix in nearly a quarter century.
Imola will make a return to the schedule in 2021 in Round 2, less than a year after five drivers did not finish because of a swath of technical failures and an accident sidelined racers. The slate also sees racers jump across the pond again, after all races in 2020 took place in Europe and Asia.
Get ready for lights out in just a few short months’ time. Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 F1 schedule:
(All times Eastern.)
Formula 1 2021 schedule
In all, there are 23 potential races in the 2021 F1 season. The originally scheduled Vietnam Grand Prix was removed after the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung, while the Chinese Grand Prix is currently up in the air.
Here’s the latest schedule:
|Date||Race||Course||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|April 18||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|May 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|June 13||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|June 27||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|July 4||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Aug. 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Aug. 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Sept. 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Sept. 12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Sept. 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 3||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 10||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Course||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 24||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 31||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Nov. 7||Sao Paulo Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Nov. 21||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Nov. 28||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Street Circuit||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|
|Dec. 12||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2||TBD|