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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.