The Formula One season is finally on its way back, and the 2021 season has some exciting questions to answer. How will Fernando Alonso’s return to the sport go down behind the wheel of the Alpine F1 car? Can Verstappen push on from being best of the rest inside the Red Bull? Will Sebastien Vettel regret his move to Aston Martin? And can Lewis Hamilton make history with an eighth championship victory, making him the most successful F1 driver of all time?
This season is destined to have lots of drama. So here’s the schedule for this season so you can ensure you don’t miss out on any of the thrilling race action.
The season got off to an incredible start in Bahrain where Lewis Hamilton clinched a thrilling victory. But it wasn’t plain sailing for the reigning champion, with Max Verstappen pushing him until the very end. In fact, Verstappen overtook Hamilton with a few laps to go, but he went wide doing so and was forced to give back the lead. Despite having fresher tyres, he was unable to catch Hamilton.
From the deserts of Bahrain, we next head to Italy and the iconic Imola racetrack on 18th April. Will Ferrari be able to put in a good showing in their home country?
After Italy, we move to Portugal for the Portuguese Grand Prix on the 2nd of May. After that, it’s a short trip to Barcelona in Spain, with the race taking place at the Circuit de Catalunya on 9 May. Can Alonso win on his home turf?
Then it’s quite possibly the most iconic race in F1 history – the Monaco Grand Prix on the 23rd May.
Next up is a street race on the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan, for race 6 on the 6th June. Then it’s a chance to practise your French with the Canadian Grand Prix on 13th June, followed by the French Grand Prix on 27th June.
After that round 9 takes us to Austria on the 4th July. And then this is the big one – the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on the 18th July. Hamilton will want to win here to add gloss to what could be his record-breaking season.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is next for round 11 on the 1st August and then it’s the mid-season break.
When we return after the break, it’s the Belgian Grand Prix on 29th August, followed by a trip over the border to Verstappen’s home nation for the Netherlands Grand Prix on the 5th September. Then it’s back to Italy for the final European race of the season on 12th September.
The Russian Grand Prix is round 15 on the 26th September, followed by a street race in Singapore on 3rd October. We move to Japan for round 17 on the 10th October. From East to west with the US Grand Prix on 24th October and then it’s south to Mexico for round 19 on the 31st October.
The Brazilian Grand Prix is the first of our final four, taking place on the 7th November. Then it’s the traditional season opener, but this year the Australian Grand Prix makes a welcome return on the 21st November after being cancelled last year.
5th December takes us to Saudi Arabia for the penultimate race of the season, and then it’s Abu Dhabi for round 23 and the final race of the season on the 12th of December. Will Hamilton be celebrating for the 8th time? We certainly hope so!