2021 Chinese Grand Prix faces postponement or cancellation

2021 Chinese Grand Prix F1
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(UPDATE: Formula One postponed the 2021 Chinese Grand Prix in February)

The Chinese Grand Prix becomes the second 2021 Formula 1 race imperiled by the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic after reports that the season-opening Australian Grand Prix might also face postponementThe possiblity was first reported at Motosport.com.

“We have been in contact [with F1] via conference call almost every week,” Yibin Yang, race promoter at Juss Event told media that included a reporter from Motorsport.com. “Despite the calendar being in place as usual, I think it’s hugely uncertain the F1 race would take place in the first half of the year, in April.

“We aim to swap it to the second half of the year, and we have formally submitted the request that we hope to move it to the second half of the year.”

The Chinese Grand Pix is currently scheduled for April 10 as the third race on the calendar after the season opener in Australia on March 21 and the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 27. China was set to be part of a pair of races in Asia before the Vietnam Grand Prix, originally scheduled on April 25, was canceled.

The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix was one of 12 races canceled due to the pandemic, which means that track has not hosted a race since 2019 when Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished first and second for Mercedes.

By reorganizing the calendar and hosting multiple races at several venues in Europe and Asia, Formula 1 managed to get 17 including two races in Bahrain.

Motorsport.com is reporting that Portimao and Imola, which stepped in as Round 12 and 13 of 2020 respectively, are the most likely venues to absorb the two lost dates.

But multiple factors could make rescheduling the 2021 Chinese GP difficult. According to the promoter, moving all international events to the second half of the year would stress the capacity of host city Shanghai. The 23-race Formula 1 calendar is also full, although there is a one-week gap between the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 10 and the United States Grand Prix on Oct. 24.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change