Formula 1 - Motor Sports - November 11, 2020

Melbourne To Host Opening Round, 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

Melbourne will retain its season-opening status on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship™ provisional calendar, with the first race of the 2021 season scheduled to be held at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday 21 March 2021.

The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2021 event dates are 18-21 March 2021*, which are set to be formally ratified by the FIA in coming weeks.

Chairman and CEO, Formula 1®, Chase Carey said: “We are excited to announce our 2021 provisional calendar and delighted we will be starting our season with our long-term partners in Melbourne. Andrew Westacott and his team do an incredible job and we know the season opener at Albert Park will be one that fans can safely enjoy after an unprecedented 2020.”

Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Paul Little AO, said: “Major events like the Grand Prix will play a vital role in stimulating Victoria’s economic recovery in 2021 and we look forward to putting Melbourne back on the map to a global audience in March.”

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said: “We’re thrilled that the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship™ will commence at its traditional home here in Melbourne.

“We continue to work closely with health authorities and the Victorian Government as we develop our plans for fan attendance, which will be announced when finalised. We’re adopting a sensible, adaptable and flexible approach, ensuring that a safe environment for fans and participants is our top priority.

“Our massive parkland venue with 10.6 km of track frontage provides us with the perfect opportunity to create a COVID-safe venue.”

Further announcements will be made in coming weeks regarding event arrangements and ticket on-sale dates to the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2021.