Both events are run by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, who say they could swap dates as soon as next year.
This year both F1 and MotoGP races in Australia will take place in autumn. AGPC boss Andrew Westacott has supposed there are now more options for the timings of both races. Some options were only made available thanks to the current pandemic.
He said in a recent interview with Motorsport.com: “I can’t emphasize highly enough that there is nothing definitive about the calendars in 2022. We always enjoy the opening race position with Formula 1. It suits us and it’s a major pillar of Melbourne’s major events calendar. What I’ve also said is that a change of the nature we have now. With a November Formula 1 event, gives us the opportunity to look at four very distinct scenarios.”
“One is that both events are in an early-season slot, February or March. Another is both races being in a late-season slot, October or November. The traditional F1 at the start and MotoGP at the end. Or, the flip – MotoGP at the start and F1 at the end. I’ve got a very open mind about all of those four scenarios, and the pros and cons and opportunities they present to the sport. And the value those events deliver for Melbourne”, he added.
“All of them are on the table and a combination will be decided on when the calendars are finalized during the middle of this year. Taking into account tradition and new opportunities, I’m open-minded. There is categorically not one decision that has been made on it just yet”, Westacott said in the end.