Chase Carey states that the 2021 calendar of F1 It is very close to being announced and that, despite the success of the emerging Grand Prix, it insists that it will be very similar to the 2020 original.
Half of the original races for this year were canceled, although the negotiation to have double dates in Austria, Silverstone and Bahrain, along with new events in Portimao and Mugello and the return of the Nürburgring, Imola and Turkey saved a 17-round championship.
Being one of his last actions in front of F1, and just as promised in August, Carey remains optimistic that the normal course of action will be resumed for the Great Circus to be a truly global event in 2021, so it is not very likely that the replacement dates will repeat.
“In 2021, it will probably look a little more like the schedule we planned for this year. We are a global sport and the reality is that this year we have not really raced globally. We have run largely in the European zone », admitted on the Beyond the Grid podcast.
“So we want to go back to making sure we have our races in America, have our races in Asia, have races spread all over the world. That is important to us as a global sport.
“And we have some great historical tracks that are obviously part of our schedule. Tracks like Silverstone, Monza, Monaco, Spa ».
So certainly historic European tracks are an important part of the sport, but I think a more balanced set of events will be seen around the world in the 2021 calendar. “
The changing situation of the pandemic has delayed the presentation of the F1 2021 calendar, in addition to the fact that, as has been seen in various areas of the world, outbreaks could cause new or repeated obstacles.
Despite the fact that he will no longer be in charge for next year, Carey is confident that the Grand Prix process can lead the category to relative normality, as the health emergency stabilizes.
“We are going to plan a 2021 calendar that, again, looks a lot like a normal calendar, like the calendar we had planned in January,” he said. “What we really don’t know is what the status of Covid will be next year and how we go through it.
“We are planning events, we plan to have fans, we plan to have a season that I don’t know if I would say ‘normal’, but it certainly brings us back to normal, closer to normal in that sense.”
It is very possible that the calendar will conform to 22 dates, given the anticipated arrival of Saudi Arabia and the change of headquarters to Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.