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Formula One saw a nice bump in American interest, thanks to the hit Netflix show Drive to Survive, which gained popularity during the pandemic.
Ironically, it’s the pandemic that is also causing the most challenges for the international race circuit. Because of COVID-19, the Japanese Grand Prix was recently canceled, causing a massive shift in scheduling.
The new schedule will have 22 races – a record number of races in one season – with some of the events shifted to new dates.
The three remaining races that remain unaffected in terms of scheduling are the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, the Italian GP in Monza, and the race in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Turkish Grand Prix will be moved back one week from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10.
Here is a list of the remaining 2021 races:
- August 29: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
- September 5: Netherlands (Zandvoort)
- September 12: Italy (Monza)
- September 26: Russia (Sochi)
- October 10: Turkey (Istanbul Park)
- October 24: United States (Austin)
- November 7: Mexico (Mexico City)
- November 14: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
- November 21: Venue TBD
- December 5: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
- December 12: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
Exactly halfway through the season, the competition between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is at an all-time high. Each racer has won four races apiece, the most recent for Hamilton being in Britain, and the most recent for Verstappen occurring in Austria. The only other two racers on the circuit to win this season, thus far, are Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.