The Australian Grand Prix will be postponed for this 2021 Formula One season, with Bahrain F1 GP replacing it as the opening race in March, according to Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll.
The decision, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine restrictions in place in Australia, has been widely reported in the media but has not yet been endorsed by Formula 1 or local organisers.
“Melbourne has been postponed – it’s not yet announced but obviously it will be – it will not be cancelled but postponed,” says Lawrence Stroll, quoted by Australian newspaper The West.
“We will go there in the autumn and the first race [of the 2021 season] will be Bahrain. I think we’re going to be in a difficult situation for the next two to three months.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine, but I think that the first races of the season will be a bit dicey for everybody.
“However, I really take my hat off to the F1 management and the FIA for allowing us to run 17 races last year in 23 weeks without any major problems in an impressive manner.
“I think the worst is behind us and we have learned from last year. how to proceed. ”
This Thursday, the Aston Martin team unveiled the name of its title sponsor, the company Cognizant, while the team also indicated that it would be would present the livery of its car in March at the world headquarters for Aston Martin in Gaydon.