Next season to comprise 24 races alongside FIA Formula One® World Championship
The 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship provisional calendar has been confirmed today. It will comprise a total of eight rounds, all support events of the FIA Formula One® World Championship. As announced earlier, each round will comprise three races each which brings the 2021 season to a total of 24 races, as per previous years.
As previously revealed, Formula 2 will no longer race together with Formula 3 as part of a wider cost-cutting programme. These measures also include a limitation of traveling to different venues in order to keep the costs down. As a consequence, the F2 2021 provisional calendar is made of eight rounds – four less than in 2018, 2019 and 2020. However, with the addition of one race per event, amounting to three in total, the 2021 season will consist of 24 races which is the same number as the past three years.
The season will kick-off at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 26-28 and will resume at Monte-Carlo in Monaco at the end of the month of May. Two weeks later, the F2 family will travel to Baku in Azerbaijan. The fourth round will take place on July 16-18 at Silverstone, UK before a summer break. The action will pick-up again at Monza, Italy on September 10-12. The final three rounds will take place overseas, first at Sochi in Russia on September 24-26. Then, the paddock will travel for the first time to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on November 26-28. Finally, the season will conclude at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on the first week of December.
The race weekend format – which will be detailed in due time – and the calendar are subject to World Motor Sport Council approval.
FIA Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel said: “As announced last week, one of our costs control measures for 2021 is to limit the number of rounds which will automatically lessen the teams’ budget. But thanks to F1 and the FIA’s support, we will now have three races per event. This means that although we have reduced the number of rounds to eight, the season will still consist of twenty-four races overall as per the past three seasons.
“The 2021 F2 provisional calendar is a mixture of European and overseas circuits, with venues that have always been very popular amongst the drivers and the fans alike. The addition of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia makes it all the more exciting. I’m also pleased to confirm that once again all F2 events will run alongside Formula 1.”
2021 FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipTM Provisional Calendar*
|26-28 March||Sakhir, Bahrain|
|20-22 May||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|04-06 June||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|16-18 July||Silverstone, UK|
|10-12 September||Monza, Italy|
|24-26 September||Sochi, Russia|
|26-28 November||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
|03-05 December||Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi|
*Subject to approval by the WMSC