Covid-19 is set to start wrecking the 2021 F1 season already as Australian GP bosses are expected to postpone the season-opening race.

The new motor-racing season is scheduled to start on March 21, with Lewis Hamilton looking for a record-breaking eighth Drivers’ Championship.

But a mutant strain of Covid-19 is putting pressure on world authorities, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to put the country in national lockdown on Monday.

The disease plunged the 2020 schedule into chaos, cancelling 13 races and cramming the 17-race campaign into five months.

And the latest comments from the Victorian State Government suggest they will not be willing to take on the season-opening event.

Covid-19 could already be wreaking havoc on the F1 schedule as the Australian GP is at threat of being postponed
Covid-19 could already be wreaking havoc on the F1 schedule as the Australian GP is at threat of being postponed

When discussing the postponed Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the men’s and women’s tennis seasons, representatives made it clear that rules would not be broken.

The country started strict protocols after 2020’s Grand Prix was cancelled in March, closing borders to non-citizens and stopping incoming flights to Melbourne Airport.

While new arrivals were forced to spent two weeks in a quarantine total as a precaution to stop the spread of the virus.

The opening race of the season is scheduled for March 21, with Lewis Hamilton looking to hit a record-breaking eighth Driver's Championship
The opening race of the season is scheduled for March 21, with Lewis Hamilton looking to hit a record-breaking eighth Driver's Championship

With these protocols set to be even tougher for the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne on February 8, the same would apply to the F1 drivers, teams and staff as they would have spend three weeks in quarantine.

The UK’s mutant strain of Covid-19 will also bring concern to the authorities as seven of the 10 teams for the sport are based in the country.

As the Australian GP circuit also covers the streets of Albert Park, Melbourne, it means construction of the course has to start three months in advance.

With the March 21 deadline already looming, it means F1 bosses have a decision to make on whether to cancel the race.

Last year's race in Melbourne was one of the first events to be cancelled, pushing the season back to July as Australia tightened its borders with two-week quarantine periods
Last year's race in Melbourne was one of the first events to be cancelled, pushing the season back to July as Australia tightened its borders with two-week quarantine periods
With construction of the course due to start now and Australia tightening regulations further, Chase Carey must decide if the race - which has seven of 10 teams from Britain, the source of a mutant Covid-19 strain - should go ahead
With construction of the course due to start now and Australia tightening regulations further, Chase Carey must decide if the race - which has seven of 10 teams from Britain, the source of a mutant Covid-19 strain - should go ahead

It would be a huge disappointment to organisers, who were hoping to return to the 23-race schedule this year.

Speaking to The Sun, a representative said: “In 2020 we proved that we could return to racing safely and delivered what many thought was impossible in March.

“We have set out our 2021 calendar and look forward to the return of F1 in March this year.”

But team Mercedes have been celebrating as they are set to tie down Hamilton to a £120million deal.