F1 might begin with two Bahrain races, says new boss Stefano Domenicali

Method One might begin the season with two races in Bahrain as a result of COVID-19 pandemic however remains to be assured of placing on a report 23 rounds, chief government Stefano Domenicali stated on Thursday.

The present schedule has the Gulf kingdom opening on March 28, adopted Imola in Italy on April 18. Australia, the common begin to the season, was final month postponed to November.

Domenicali, who took over on the helm in January, informed a digital media spherical desk that Method One had loads of backup choices.

“Everybody was pondering this yr can be simpler (than final) however it’s not,” he stated of coping with a virus that has closed borders, despatched nations into lockdown and imposed quarantine on travellers.

Bahrain hosted back-to-back races final yr, the second on the Sakhir circuit’s outer structure, and can be the venue for pre-season testing.

The 2020 championship began with two races in Austria final July after Australia was cancelled and the pandemic had slammed the brakes on all racing for months.

Domenicali stated he was speaking to race promoters daily and hoped the present state of affairs would look extra steady within the second half of 2021.

China’s slot stays unsure, with the race in Shanghai left hanging on the newest calendar.

“China is essential for all of us, however now we have acquired info from the federal government that as much as summer season, they aren’t prepared to have any worldwide occasion there,” stated Domenicali.

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