The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their provisional schedule for the 2021 season.
The Season 8 schedule has been trimmed down to a 6-race schedule for FIA WEC, due to the COVID-19 situation, and the economic challenges for companies around the world.
The season starts on 13-14 March at Sebring International Raceway, with a two-day test, before the season opener will run on 19 March. That will be a 1000 Miles race, just like it was in 2019, and was planned to be in 2020.
May 1st will be the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans being run as race number 3, on 12-13 June.
Monza in Italy will host a race on 18. July, which is another 6 hours race, before the series goes to Fuji in Japan, for 6 hours on the 26 September.
The season finale will be on 20 November in Bahrain, with another 6 hours race in the desert.
The ACO makes a big deal out of telling that this is a provisional schedule, that depends on the world health in the coming months.
The running time has been reduced a lot, plus many travel miles has been removed, compared to the original 2019/20 schedule. Shanghai, Silverstone and Brazil have been removed. Brazil was eventually replaced by COTA due to economical difficulties by the organizers in Brazil.
British fans will surely be disappointed about losing their race, but it is some cost for the European teams to travel across the channel, plus the potential added complexion of travelling into the UK in the future, might have been a factor too.
The full provisional schedule can be seen here: