Bahrain may host two races early in 2021

Thu, 4 February 2021, 08:00

Feb.4 (GMM) Formula 1’s 2021 calendar could be set for yet another pre-season shakeup.

China and Vietnam have already been cancelled, Imola has been drafted in, and the season opener in Australia postponed until November – and now there are new doubts about the currently-scheduled third race.

At present, F1 lists the 2 May race as ‘TBC’ – to be confirmed. Sources indicate that Portugal’s Portimao circuit was the favourite to take that spot.

However, Portugal’s covid crisis is worsening by the day, with hospitals overwhelmed and German military planes flying into the country on Wednesday with emergency supplies of doctors and ventilators.

“If the epidemic prevents the race in Portugal, the idea of a second race in Bahrain has emerged,” reports Italy’s specialist La Gazzetta dello Sport.

According to the latest speculation, F1 could accommodate the plan by delaying Imola for a week – from April 18 to April 25 – so that Bahrain can host both the first and the second races of 2021.

“At the moment it is only speculation that Formula 1 has not commented on,” La Gazzetta noted.

However, Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder says Bahrain proved last year that it is a good place to race in amid the global situation.

“We have the best feeling about Bahrain,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“Our experience from last year showed us that Bahrain guarantees us the best security. For me, it was the model student.

“Nowhere else was the testing so effective, and the results received so quickly. Questions were always answered within minutes,” Zehnder added.

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