The 2021 F1, F2 and F3 calendars were released on Tuesday morning which is usually a highlight for motorsport fans as they are start to make plans to book races for the upcoming year and finally get back to the track. This year however, was a little bit different. With many fans disappointed in the choice of tracks for next year, especially, and with good reason, the newly added Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Many fans have criticsed F1 for the decision to race in Saudi Arabia, somewhere which is known for violating human rights. Racing here goes completely against their current initivative, “We Race As One” which was formed to tackle inclusivity and diversity and, we agree. It seems as though money truly does talk, rights out – and away we go!
This aside, we took to twitter with a poll to ask you whether the calendars for next year were a big YAY or a NAY. It seems as though motorsport fans are bit divided, with 43% voting no, 38% voting yes and the remainder didn’t mind. The comments however provided an over-arching theme in line with the tracks, and the amount of races. Some comments include –
“This year has shown they can be more creative with the calendar to provide excitement and unpredictability”
“After visit some classics in 2020, 2021 returns to the money.. and 23 races will be a toll on the teams”
“Too many races, having this many just makes the value of each race lower”
In terms of the F2 and F3 calendars, fans were split between YAY, NAY and DONT MIND, but some comments from the polls asked for the format to stay the same with both series racing on the same weekend or the number of tracks were disappointing and lacking in momentum.
However, some big news that came on Thursday was that W Series announced a partnership with Formula 1, meaning their calendar will include eight F1 support races. This takes a big step towards inclusivity for Women In Motorsport and a huge opportunity for exposure for female racers.
Apart from the obvious stated above, I’m a little bit torn in relation to the F1 Calendar. I think compared to the Covid Calendar of 2020, it leaves me disappointed that it took a global pandemic for us to get back to some incredible tracks. Not only that, but I fear that 23 races is just too ambitious when it comes to everyone behind the scenes, the strain of being away from their families for weeks at a time and added stresses may have an effect on their health and wellbeing. Is it worth it? Absolutely not.
Ahh, the Formula 2 calendar. In all honesty, I am absolutely devastated. I understand that the changes coming to F2 are to help curve their expenses which means less venues, but 3 street circuits? No Spa? Zandvoort? The only races which have saved it are Monza and Silverstone. For F3, I am actually really happy! A handful of some good tracks. I’m happy to see Austria, Hungary and Austin. It’s the kind of Calendar that F2 should’ve had. Not salty. At all.
This year we were absolutely spoilt with the tracks we visited! Especially Mugello and Portimao, tracks we don’t normally visit. Going back to the normal calendar, for me brings back the thoughts of normality, that so many of us are dreaming of. I’m excited to see what will replace Hanoi too. With Spain being the race after I would love the possibility of Portimao. Although there is one thing that has thrown me off – Monza has been pushed back a week! Personally, I love going from Spa to Monza in September. Who knows, maybe I’ll like it more with the triple header – Zandvoort will be an amazing track especially with the Orange Army atmosphere. Unlike Charley, I actually really like the F2 and F3 calendars. They are definitely going to lower the price for competitors, and I like the idea of them being on opposite weekends. I know some people aren’t fans of F2 calendar but it is the step up from F3 so they should get the harder tracks like Monaco and Baku as that where you will see the real talent of the drivers. F3 has a beautiful schedule with fan favourites like Austria.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the Calendars for next year!