Aussie GP promoter adamant race will open 2021 season

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Aussie GP promoter adamant race will open 2021 season

Australian Grand Prix organisers are holding on to their event's traditional season-opening date for 2021 despite rumors of the race being pushed back to October of next year.

Australia's border restrictions implemented in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic raised questions about the viability of Melbourne's March event, a race that was cancelled at the eleventh hour earlier this year due to the onslaught of Covid-19.

Doubts were reinforced last week when a draft 2021 calendar 'flew out' a window of the FIA's office in Paris. The provisional 22-race schedule listed Bahrain as the opening race of the season on March 14th, with Melbourne earmarked for October 24th.

But Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief executive Andrew Westacott, speaking to Nine Network's Wide World of Sports, reiterated Melbourne's season-opening status

"Melbourne will again host the F1 season opener in the traditional March time slot, which will form a significant part of the recovery of the major sports and events industry in Victoria," Westacott said.

F1 boss Chase Carey said the sport was still working on fine-tuning its 2021 agenda, but insisted the final schedule will look "pretty normal", with a return to "a more balanced set of events across the globe" after this year's disrupted campaign.

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Steiner: 'Quicker and bolder decisions' required for two-day GPs

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says two-day race weekends in F1 force teams "to fly by the seat of... The post Steiner: 'Quicker and bolder decisions' required for two-day GPs appeared first on F1i.com.

Steiner: 'Quicker and bolder decisions' required for two-day GPs

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says two-day race weekends in F1 force teams "to fly by the seat of their pants" and make quicker and bolder decisions.

Teams will experience a two-day schedule at the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola next week. But everyone had a chance to sample a compressed timetable at the Eifel GP when Friday's running at the Nürburgring was lost to fog and rain.

Steiner says the reduced program offered some challenges reminiscent of his earlier days in the sport.

"The biggest challenge was to wait out Friday not knowing what to do," Steiner said. "That was – I wouldn’t say challenging, but it was boring, and not well invested time.

"I think we adapted well, and it’s more like the old days of racing – you have to be a lot quicker in thinking what to do and making bolder decisions, hoping you don’t get them wrong.

"You don’t have that much time to look at data, you need to go a little bit by the seat of your pants. I think our guys did a good job on that one."

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During its efforts to rebuild a 2020 calendar following the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Formula 1 cut short the Emilia Romagna GP weekend to lighten the burden on teams confronted with back-to-back events at Portimão and Imola.

Steiner commented on the pros and cons of a two-day format for the F1 community.

"In my own opinion, a two-day event works well," said the Italian. "It allows us to get more races in, which in turn means more fans around the world could get the chance to see us.

"The cons, which I don’t know if they’re cons – that’s for Formula 1 to look into it, its for the promoters, as a Friday gives more possibilities to get fans in. Financially it’s a good day for them.

"I don’t know all these things as I’m not involved in them, but on the sheer practical side of going racing, I have nothing against two-day events.

"Maybe some events we go to we could put on a Thursday and Friday test – we can make something out like we do with pre-season testing and the broadcasting of that.

"These are just ideas, I don’t know if they make sense but maybe we should look into that."

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