The Chinese Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place on 11 April in Formula One’s recently ratified 2021 calendar, is now at risk of being postponed, according to reports.
And, should the race in Shanghai be delayed, Algarve and Imola – which featured on the 2020 calendar – could host early season grand prix, according to RaceFans.net.
The publication noted that Stefano Domenicali, who replaced Chase Carey as the CEO of Formula One at the start of 2020, spoke with teams on Monday to discuss contingency plans should the sport need to deal with early season disruption.
Last week, it was reported that the Australian Grand Prix is set to be postponed and Bahrain is now favourite to host the 2021 season opener.
As a result of this, pre-season testing is likely to move from Barcelona to Bahrain, according to reports.
It’s unclear which layout of the Bahrain International Circuit will be used for pre-season testing, though it seems the standard grand prix configuration is the most popular option among F1 teams.