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How 2021's record 23-race F1 calendar ignores 2020's hardest lesson

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George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 04, 2020 in Bahrain.
George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 04, 2020 in Bahrain.
Tolga Bozoglu

• 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.


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