Formula Two and Three have jointly announced their 2021 calendars which features three new circuits as both categories begin life apart after 11 seasons racing on same race weekends together.
The changes have come as part of cost-cutting measures with each round now set to have three races as F2 visits eight circuits whilst F3 will race at seven venues, with either series racing together at the same tracks anymore whilst still continuing to support Formula One events.
F2 will begin their season in Bahrain across weekend of 26-28 March before visiting Monaco, Baku and Silverstone prior to August’s summer shutdown, with trips to Italy and Russia in September.
The series will conclude their campaign with a double-header finale visiting Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on weekend of 26-28 November ahead of the season’s climax in Abu Dhabi from 3-5 December, after Abu Dhabi was dropped as part of this year’s reorganised calendar in favour of a two part Bahrain conclusion.
Spain, Austria, Hungary and Netherlands won’t return from F2’s original 2020 calendar but will instead feature on the F3 calendar.
FIA Formula 2 CEO, Bruno Michel described the new calendar as “a mixture of European and overseas circuits, with venues that have always been very popular amongst the drivers and the fans alike.”
Michel also acknowledged the decision to go racing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, saying; “The addition of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia makes it all the more exciting.”
F3 are set to start their 2021 season in Barcelona, Spain across weekend of 7-9 May, followed by trips to France, Austria and Hungary ahead of the summer break, from which they will visit Belgium on weekend of 27-29 August.
The third-tier series will conclude their campaign with visits to two new circuits in Zandvoort, Netherlands, and Circuit of the Americas, USA, which will represent the first transatlantic trip Stateside across both F2 and F3 series.
Speaking on the decision to take F3 to two new circuits, FIA Formula 3 CEO, Michel said; “I’m quite interested to see the F3 cars run at Zandvoort and Austin. These are two exciting new venues for us.
Michel also commented on the return to Circuit Paul Ricard, France, saying; “We will also go back to Le Castellet where we saw great racing in previous years.”
Both calendars are set to be ratified by World Motorsport Council alongside with the new race weekend formats which will be unveiled in due course.
F2 2021 Calendar
|1||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||26-28 March|
|2||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||20-23 May|
|3||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||4-6 June|
|4||British Grand Prix||Silverstone||16-18 July|
|5||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||10-12 September|
|6||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||24-26 September|
|7||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah||26-28 November|
|8||Abu Dhabi||Yas Marina Circuit||3-5 December|
F3 2021 Calendar
|1||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya||7-9 May|
|2||French Grand Prix||Circuit PauL Ricard||25-27 June|
|3||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||2-4 July|
|4||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||30 July – 1 August|
|5||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa Francorchamps||27-29 August|
|6||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort||3-5 September|
|7||USA Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||22-24 October|