The worldwide motorsport occasion has been rescheduled to later this yr given the same old March opening was unrealistic amid the pandemic.
Melbourne’s System 1 Grand Prix has been rescheduled for later this yr, with hopes extra spectators will be capable of attend the foremost occasion.
The Victorian Authorities and the Australian Grand Prix Company have agreed to postpone the same old season opening in March as a result of it was “unrealistic” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a substitute, a once-off date of November 21 has been booked in, virtually three weeks after the Melbourne Cup.
The four-day occasion, which is able to run from November 18 to 21, can be topic to public well being situations and an infection prevention and management can be central to the choices made.
Quarantine and different points of the Grand Prix can be thought-about sooner or later, the state authorities says.
Tourism, Sport and Main Occasions Minister Martin Pakula mentioned rescheduling the occasion was a wise determination and would enable for extra native, interstate and probably worldwide followers to benefit from the spectacle.
“That is the best determination and we thank System 1 administration for his or her co-operation in setting a brand new schedule for the 2021 season,” he mentioned.
“The System 1 Australian Grand Prix is without doubt one of the nice occasions on the earth and we’ll be certain that it may be run safely and efficiently in November.”
Australian Grand Prix Company chairman Paul Little mentioned it was thrilling to verify the brand new date.
“This wouldn’t have been doable with out the sturdy help of the Victorian authorities and System 1,” he mentioned.
System 1 chief government Stefano Domenicali agreed.
“It’s nice information that we’ve got already been capable of agree a rescheduled date for the Australian Grand Prix,” he mentioned.
“The virus state of affairs stays fluid, however we’ve got the expertise from final season with all our companions and promoters to adapt accordingly and safely in 2021.”
The System 1 race has been run at Albert Park since 1996 and is contracted to be held there till not less than 2025.