Victoria has delayed its Formula 1 Grand Prix to November over concerns current coronavirus restrictions would have made the usual March timing ‘unrealistic’.
The Andrews government, Formula 1 management and the Australian Grand Prix corporation have agreed to hold the event between November 18 – 21 instead, with quarantine arrangements and other public health measures to be considered in due course.
“The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is one of the great events in the world and we’ll make sure it can be run safely and successfully in November,” Minister for tourism, sport and major events Martin Pakula said of the decision.
“The move means there will be a greater chance of welcoming fans from Victoria, interstate and around the world.”
Victoria has held the race every year since it won the event from South Australia in 1996, and under existing contractual arrangements will continue to play host at Albert Park until at least 2025.
Formula 1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali said the event needed to adapt to a fluid situation this year.
“It is great news that we have already been able to agree a rescheduled date for the Australian Grand Prix,” he said.
“The virus situation remains fluid, but we have the experience from last season with all our partners and promoters to adapt accordingly and safely in 2021.”