The Australian Grand Prix will be postponed to the back end of the Formula One season with Bahrain replacing it as the opening race in March, Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll has said.
The move, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine restrictions, has been widely flagged in the media but is yet to be confirmed by Formula One or local organisers.
“Melbourne has been — it’s not officially announced but it will be — not cancelled but postponed. We will go there sometime in the fall (autumn) and the first race will be Bahrain,” said the Canadian billionaire.
He was speaking ahead of the announcement of a new team title sponsorship with IT company Cognizant.
Formula One teams agreed the change in a virtual meeting with Formula One’s new chief executive Stefano Domenicali on Monday.
Sources said the same meeting also agreed for pre-season testing to move from Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya to Bahrain, without setting a date.