Background

The history of motorsport, or competitive sporting events featuring the use of motorised vehicles, dates back to more than 120 years ago, and there are many types of motorsport competitions known to the world. Of all these, the most famous and also the highest level of Motor Racing traces its roots to the Grand Prix races of the 1920s, and the first World Championship race was held in 1950 in Britain.

2021 sees the introduction of a new race location in Saudi Arabia, as well as the return of a race destination in Holland after an absence of more than 30 years. All these are part of an expansion in what is expected to be the busiest season in Motor Racing history, as teams prepare to take on a host of challenges on multiple intriguing fronts.

Race Calendar
Race No. Race Qualifying Race Final Race
Bahrain Race Sat, 27 Mar 2021 Sun, 28 Mar 2021
Italy Race 1 Sat, 17 Apr 2021 Sun, 18 Apr 2021
Portugal Race Sat, 1 May 2021 Sun, 2 May 2021
Spain Race Sat, 8 May 2021 Sun, 9 May 2021
Monaco Race Sat, 22 May 2021 Sun, 23 May 2021
Azerbaijan Race Sat, 5 Jun 2021 Sun, 6 Jun 2021
France Race Sat, 19 Jun 2021 Sun, 20 Jun 2021
Austria Race 1 Sat, 26 Jun 2021 Sun, 27 Jun 2021
Austria Race 2 Sat, 3 Jul 2021 Sun, 4 Jul 2021
Britain Race Sat, 17 Jul 2021* Sun, 18 Jul 2021
Hungary Race Sat, 31 Jul 2021 Sun, 1 Aug 2021
Belgium Race Sat, 28 Aug 2021 Sun, 29 Aug 2021
Holland Race Sat, 4 Sep 2021 Sun, 5 Sep 2021
Italy Race 2 Sat, 11 Sep 2021* Sun, 12 Sep 2021
Russia Race Sat, 25 Sep 2021 Sun, 26 Sep 2021
Turkey Race Sat, 9 Oct 2021 Sun, 10 Oct 2021
USA Race Sun, 24 Oct 2021 Mon, 25 Oct 2021
Mexico Race Sun, 7 Nov 2021 Mon, 8 Nov 2021
Brazil Race Sun, 14 Nov 2021* Mon, 15 Nov 2021
Qatar Race Sat, 20 Nov 2021 Sun, 21 Nov 2021
Saudi Arabia Race Sat, 4 Dec 2021 Sun, 5 Dec 2021
Abu Dhabi Race Sat, 11 Dec 2021 Sun, 12 Dec 2021

Schedule subject to change.
* Sprint Qualifying

Fun Facts

Third start in Bahrain

The Bahrain Race will be the first race of the Motor Racing season for the third time in history. The 2006 and 2010 Motor Racing seasons also started in Bahrain.

Host for multiple races

Italy is scheduled to host two races in April and September respectively, with two of the three courses featuring in 2020 making returns this year. This makes Italy the only country set to host races in multiple locations in 2021.

Abu Dhabi saved for last

For the eighth consecutive year, the Motor Racing season will end with the Abu Dhabi Race. Since the venue was introduced to the calendar in 2009, the Abu Dhabi Race has been the final race for 9 out of the last 12 seasons.

Race for top-three finish

Of the 20 drivers who started the 2020 season, 13 achieved a top-three finish in at least one race. Of the 13, five managed only one top-three finish, while eight were multiple-time podium finishers.