• The 2021 race calendar was set for 23 races this year.
• Already races have been cancelled and postponed.
• The 2020 calendar brought an important lesson: the longer the journey, the less its lustre.
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Its pole position on the calendar made Melbourne the first to file for a postponement, followed by China's relegation to "TBC" status after the arrest of a key race organising member; its Brazilian counterpart has been suspended by a judge over the use of public funds to secure the event; and this past week, murmurings about the feasibility of the events to be held at the Monaco, Canadian and Azerbaijani street circuits have also emerged.