The Australian Grand Prix, for 2021 was postponed by the FIA. The COVID restrictions in Australia made it very inconvenient for the circus party to land there in late March. Therefore, fans would miss their homeboy Ricciardo on the track again this year. Sympathizing with them, McLaren tweeted a heartwarming message.
COVID is back again to pester with the hopes of the F1 season. Although vaccines are being deployed in various parts of the world, it would take some time before situations get back to normal. Meanwhile, F1 and other sports suffer, and season opener Australian Grand Prix gets postponed to late November.
Last year was the first season in a while when Melbourne did not host the inaugural race of the F1 season. The entire party was devastated as since then, F1 took a long gap before resuming in early July. However, situations again hint at similar troubles from last year, and thus McLaren did the least they could for the fans.
Daniel Ricciardo starts with the Woking-based outfit for 2021. As the entire fan base is Daniel centric, McLaren just gained an entirely new fand base at Melbourne. They understood the grief from the race being postponed for a second time. Thus their effort with the tweet to soothe them was commendable.
McLaren and Daniel would return stronger in November
COVID is a considerable threat to F1. Last year, three pilots and several crew members got infected despite being in a bubble. Therefore, FIA would not want to risk the stakes at any cost. Agreed that if the safety regulations are maintained, a no audience race can still happen in Melbourne. Nonetheless, it is impossible to spend two weeks there.
The revised date for the race tends to be in the third week of November; the state assures that the COVID threat would minimize by then. Nonetheless, considering the absolute chaos from last year, the future is unpredictable. Yet, staying optimistic is the least on our part.
“This is the right decision and we thank Formula One management for their co-operation in setting a new schedule for the 2021 season. The 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,” remarked Martin Pakula, the Victorian Events Minister.
McLaren would be back in November and who knows, Daniel would be in much better shape in his new car. By then he would have almost raced 20 rounds in the championship and would be ready to bring home a win or a podium.
With Melbourne postponed, Bahrain gets to open the 2021 season. Besides that, the Chinese Grand Prix got replaced under similar conditions as the Australian and now, Imola is back on the calendar. It replaces the Shanghai circuit with the most votes from the pilots and is bound to be exciting.