Alfa Romeo Manager Skeptical of 2 F1 Races Happening in 2021 Season

Published 02/02/2021, 7:05 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 15: Robert Kubica of Poland driving the (88) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during the F1 Young Drivers Test at Yas Marina Circuit on December 15, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


The COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging through the world today, and it has caused some major changes in the 2021 F1 calendar. The authorities have been forced to postpone at least two Grand Prix weekends, and Beat Zehnder, the sport director for Alfa Romeo, believes that there will be more victims.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 11: Robert Kubica of Poland driving the (88) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Need to take it step by step: Alfa Romeo sport director

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Zehnder, speaking in an interview with AutoMotorundSport, said, ( translated via Google) ” What we do know is Melbourne has been postponed. That China and Vietnam are canceled. Personally, I believe that we have to take the season step by step after the start in Bahrain.

“As things stand today, we could go to Imola. But I cannot imagine that the government in England will let us drive a Grand Prix with the current infection situation.” 

He added, “As of today, we probably couldn’t go to the Nürburgring either. The whole situation is very volatile. The vaccination will work at some point, but it doesn’t happen as quickly as we all hoped it would.”

2021 CALENDAR UPDATE

🇧🇭 Season starts in Bahrain 26-28 Mar
🇦🇺 Australia moves to 19-21 Nov
🇮🇹 Imola returns 16-18 Apr; China discussions ongoing

Dates of Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi races all change#F1 pic.twitter.com/4QoP0gKKsA

— Formula 1 (@F1) January 12, 2021

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 “I think that will only help us in the second half of the season. At the moment I don’t see that we can drive on temporary tracks, even if Monte Carlo has assured that they want to run the race.”

This season has already seen the cancelation of the season opener in Australia. Instead, it will take place in Bahrain on March 28, with pre-season testing taking place March 12-14.

With just three days of winter testing, drives won’t get much practice with their new cars, especially those switching teams. So, in this rollercoaster of a season, they will have to trust instincts just as much they’ll have to trust their skills.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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