Waiting is the hardest part in Formula 1.
And maybe this year more than recent years, the wait is worth it: While Lewis Hamilton got off to a hot start through his first four races of the year, his unfortunate finish in the Azerbaijan GP and a less-than stellar showing at Monaco have blown the door wide open on the 2021 F1 championship.
Max Verstappen, after crashing out in Baku thanks to a bad tire (or tyre, if that’s your thing), left the door open for Hamilton to retake the lead in the driver’s standings: But an unfortunate brake button issue caused Hamilton to skid off track and finish the race out of the points, leaving Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to take first place.
The win pushed Red Bull 26 points ahead of Mercedes in the constructor’s standings, while Verstappen holds a very slim four-point lead over Hamilton in the driver’s standings (105 to 101).
Here’s what you need to know about the next F1 race:
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- Next F1 race: French Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, June 20
- Lights out: 9 a.m. ET
The first of the schedule reshufflings this year, the next race slated to take place is the French Grand Prix on June 20, two weeks after the conclusion of the Baku GP.
Originally, the Canadian GP was set to happen on June 13, but the race was nixed amid ongoing coronavirus and travel restrictions with Canada.
The last time the French GP was run, Lewis Hamilton took home the checkered flag, with Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc rounding out the podium in 2019.
Formula 1 schedule 2021
Formula 1 returns in 2021 with a zaftig 22-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 place on the Jeddah Street Circuit, scheduled for December.
The Singapore GP was nixed in early June, with no race scheduled to take its place announced.
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||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|May 2||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||9 a.m.||ESPN||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||9 a.m.||ESPN2||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||8 a.m.||ESPN||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|June 20||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||9 a.m.||ESPN2||TBD|
|June 27||Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||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. 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|