Sports TravelSingapore, Melbourne keen to see fans return in 2021.

F1 is back on track, hopefully with crowds

The Singapore Airlines Singapore GP was cancelled this year owing to Covid-19.
The Singapore Airlines Singapore GP was cancelled this year owing to Covid-19.

The owners of the Formula One Grand Prix, Liberty Media, hope to have the crowds back in 2021 when it launches its biggest ever season of F1 races.

The season is set to begin in Melbourne on 21 March and wind up in Abu Dhabi on 5 December. F1 has previously held a maximum of 21 races in a season.

The sport’s CEO, Chase Carey, said despite the pandemic affecting the 2020 F1 season, next year would represent a return to normality for the sport, including having fans attending races.

The Singapore race was cancelled this year owing to Covid-19, and race promoters Singapore GP said in a statement that it is "working with the relevant government agencies to work through various scenarios and procedures to deliver a successful event in 2021, aligned to the prevailing Covid-19 regulations that may be in place for large scale events".

The Singapore Airlines Singapore GP will take place on the Marina Bay street circuit on 3 October.

In Australia, F1 organisers in Melbourne said they are working closely with health authorities and the Victorian government on COVIDSafe plans for welcoming fans to the event.

Andrew Westacott, chief executive of Australian Grand Prix Corporation, said, “Melbourne’s experience economy, and its visitor economy, needs to be kickstarted and reignited.

“We have to place trust in tourism operators and event promoters, and we have to restart an industry that contributes heaps to the state’s economy.”

The Vietnam Grand Prix was scheduled to make its debut this year in Hanoi on 25 April but has been cancelled after the arrest of a local official and race organiser on charges unrelated to the GP.

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