Formula 1 has confirmed a new version of the calendar – as expected, with the season now beginning in Bahrain on March 28. The ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 has meant it is not feasible to begin the season in Melbourne, but the Australian Grand Prix will has been listed for November 18-21. The Chinese Grand Prix is also off and there are talks going on to reschedule the event, although this will not be easy. Imola will be on April 18, while the race that is still to be announced (probably Portugal) will be on May 2.
For the moment, therefore, the calendar remains at 23 races. In order to accommodate Australia, the races in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi have been pushed back a week from November 28 and December 5 to December 5 and December 12 respectively, while Brazil has been moved forward from November 14 to November 7, creating a new triple-header with Austin and Mexico. This will add to the tough nature of the travel – if, of course, things remain as they are – and there is not certainty of that.
F1 continues to say that it expects fans to return to the grandstands and to the Paddock Clubs but that will largelt depend on whether the local authorities think this is a good idea, and on whether fans actually want to go to races in a pandemic. That will differ from country to country, depending on the attitudes in the different nations.