The organizers of the Australian Grand Prix have denied reports that the Formula 1 race in Melbourne will be postponed from March to autumn 2021, and the next season will allegedly begin with a stage in Bahrain. It was also reported that such a transfer is associated with the consequences of the pandemic and the unpredictable development of the epidemiological situation.
However, the head of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Andrew Westacott, tried to debunk such rumors, assuring that the first race of the season will be held in Albert Park.
“Our company is in constant dialogue with Formula 1, we are discussing a preliminary version of the calendar of the season, which will be published in the coming weeks, – said Westacott. “Melbourne will once again host the first leg of the season, traditionally held in March, and this will play an important role in the restoration of the entire sports and public events industry in Victoria.”
Westacott’s announcement should also put an end to speculation that the Australian race may not take place in Albert Park, but at the new Bend Motorsport Park circuit, located in the south of the country.
In any case, the current contract of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation with Formula 1 involves the holding of the World Championship stage in Melbourne until 2025 inclusive, and the cancellation of the race this year was related exclusively to force majeure.