Bahrain's Formula 1 Grand Prix has been confirmed as the season opener for the 2021 season, with the Australian Grand Prix, which usually starts the season, pushed to November 21.
The kingdom's race weekend, scheduled for March 26 - 28, will be its third season opener and the first since 2010.
The FIA, Formula 1's parent body, also announced that due to the Australian Grand Prix being delayed as a result of the Covid-19 situation, Saudi Arabia's Grand Prix will now be held on December 5 and the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be on December 12.
As a result, the Formula 1 season will start and end in the Middle East for the first time since 2010.
2021 CALENDAR UPDATE— Formula 1 (@F1) January 12, 2021
🇧🇭 Season starts in Bahrain 26-28 Mar
🇦🇺 Australia moves to 19-21 Nov
🇮🇹 Imola returns 16-18 Apr; China discussions ongoing
Dates of Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi races all change#F1 pic.twitter.com/4QoP0gKKsA
More details in tomorrow's GDN