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Melbourne postponed says Stroll

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07/01/2021

Aston Martin owner, Lawrence Stroll says the season opener in Melbourne has been postponed.

Speaking ahead of the announcement of his team's title sponsor, Cognizant, Stroll said the decision has already been taken, and while the season will now get underway in Bahrain it is hoped that the Australian Grand Prix can take place later in the year.

"Melbourne has been, it's not officially announced but it will be, not cancelled but postponed," said the Canadian. "We will go there sometime in the fall and the first race will be Bahrain."

Confirming that pre-season testing will also take place in Bahrain, but unable to confirm the date, Stroll admitted that the uncertainty over the pandemic will continue to affect the sport.

"I do believe we're in for a difficult two or three months," he admitted. "There is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine but I think the first few races will be slightly challenging.

"But Formula One management and the FIA, I really take my hat off to them to deliver 17 races as we did last year in 23 weeks, without really any major hiccups, in a very impressive manner.

"I think the worst is behind us and we've learnt through last year how to proceed with this year."

Stroll, his son Lance and teammate, Sergio Perez all tested positive for the virus last year.

As previously reported, Pitpass has been told that the first details of the revised calendar are expected in the coming days with a race at Portimao or Imola set to follow the new season opener in Bahrain.

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1. Posted by F1 Yank, 02/02/2021 16:30

"Superbird70 you are funny! Not sure how many should travel to the USA since we are so unorganized to say the least! COTA in Austin, TX, you can stay pretty isolated since there is a lot of room and seriously you could almost walk to the track from the airport. "

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2. Posted by Superbird70, 07/01/2021 19:55

"Well Melbourne can have the COTA slot since vaccination rates in North America are pretty slow. Canada will probably still be shut down or requiring a two week quarantine. The USA, well it’s under new management but..."

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