Waiting is the hardest part in Formula 1.
In a sport centered around non-stop speed, the gaps between F1 races can be excruciating for fans, drivers and teams alike. After a thrilling opening race in which Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were locked in a duel for first place, Hamilton and Mercedes enter a short break on pole position in the driver’s and constructor’s standings.
Next up, racers head to Italy for the first of two races scheduled inside Italian borders in the 2021 season.
Here’s what you need to know about the next F1 race:
Is there a Formula 1 race today?
- Next F1 race: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari
- Date: April 18 (race); April 16 (first practice)
- Lights out: 9 a.m. ET
After a wild opening weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix, F1 drivers are off the track for the next few weeks until the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, colloquially known as Imola, the town in which it’s housed.
The circuit, which acted as host of the San Marino Grand Prix from 1980 to 2006, made a return in 2020 in the coronavirus-shortened season. This year, the circuit is back once again, replacing the Chinese Grand Prix, which was postponed.
In 2020, Lewis Hamilton — shocking, we know — took home the race win over teammate Valtteri Bottas, with Daniel Ricciardo filling out the podium at the back end. Five drivers did not finish the race in 2020, meaning more race-day hijinks could come
Formula 1 schedule 2021
Formula 1 returns in 2021 with a zaftig 23 race schedule, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28, and concluding with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 12.
The Portuguese Grand Prix returns for its second-consecutive running after a 22-year absence. Also making its debut this year is the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix taking pace on the Jeddah Street Circuit, scheduled for December.
All times Eastern.
|Date||Race||Course||Start time||TV channel||Winner|
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11 a.m.||ESPN2||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|April 18||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari||9 a.m.||TBD||TBD|
|May 2||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||9 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|May 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||9 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|June 13||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||2 p.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|June 27||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||9 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|July 4||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Aug. 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 a.m.||ESPN||TBD|
|Aug. 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||9 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Sept. 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||9 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Sept. 12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||9 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Sept. 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 3||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 10||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Course||1 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Oct. 24||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3 p.m.||ABC||TBD|
|Oct. 31||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||3 p.m.||ABC||TBD|
|Nov. 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace||Noon||ESPN2||TBD|
|Nov. 21||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||1 a.m.||ESPN News||TBD|
|Dec. 5||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Street Circuit||11 p.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|Dec. 12||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|