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Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Wednesday, November 11.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Wednesday, November 11.

Wednesday morning's Formula 1 news roundup:

Montreal unsure F1's full 2021 calendar will be raced

Chase Carey pictured in March 2020© Reuters

Canadian GP promoter Francois Dumontier is not so sure Formula 1's newly-published 2021 calendar will play out exactly as intended.

As the unprecedented 23-date schedule was revealed, F1 CEO Chase Carey said the sport is "planning" for a "close to normal" calendar next year.

"We expect our agreements to be honoured," he said.

It has been a difficult time for Formula 1 through the coronavirus pandemic, but Carey says the sport has proved that it can race on nonetheless.

"In fact, many hosts actually want to use our event as a platform to show the world they are moving forward," he added.

However, Vietnam has not returned to the 2021 calendar, with reports referring to a political corruption scandal in the country.

"It's a bit strange and what it tells me is that there are a lot of things going on in the background that they don't want to make public," the Finnish F1 commentator Niki Juusela told MTV.

But other venues, like the Red Bull Ring in Austria, are already selling tickets for 2021.

Melbourne is only just emerging from a strict lockdown, but Australian GP boss Andrew Westacott said he is working with the government on a plan "for fan attendance" next March.

"Our massive parkland venue with 10.6 kilometres of track frontage provides us with the perfect opportunity to create a Covid-safe venue," he added.

Montreal's Dumontier, however, is not so sure.

"Yes I'm an optimist, but I'm a realist at the same time," he told La Presse.

"There will be a Formula 1 season in 2021, that's for sure. 17 races would be the minimum and I remain optimistic that next season will be a little longer than the current one.

"I think there will be more races with spectators in 2021," he added.

However, Dumontier acknowledged that whether spectators can attend the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be up to the government.

"We know that the virus exists and that we can live with it to a certain point. There will be a vaccine eventually but we do not know when," he said.

"We have to protect the remaining years in our contract to avoid losing our race. But when I hear Chase Carey say that he expects to see spectators in the stands next year, I think to myself that it probably won't be possible to do so in some countries."

As for Montreal, Dumontier said that if the local authorities forbid fan attendance, "I will have to have a discussion about some financial assistance".

"At this time, although the calendar is out, we will not be putting our tickets on sale. And that won't come in 2020."

Wolff to remain Mercedes team boss in 2021

Mercedes' Team Principal Toto Wolff pictured in August 2020© Reuters

Toto Wolff has announced that he will remain Mercedes team principal in 2021.

For months, the 48-year-old Austrian has been hinting at a new, more 'hands off' overseeing role for the future, which may explain why Lewis Hamilton is yet to commit to a new deal beyond 2020.

But Wolff has now told the Austrian broadcaster ORF: "I think I'll stay for one more year or so."

When asked if that means he will still be team boss in 2021, he clarified: "Yes, exactly."

Then, from 2022 and beyond, the full effect of the new budget cap will be in force as Formula 1 moves to its entirely new set of technical regulations.

"I think the next two years could be an interesting situation so as long as I enjoy it, I want to keep doing what I do," Wolff explained.

"I know that little by little I will have to appoint and train my replacement and he could work alongside me with that next year," he added.

More news from Formula 1:

Albon would not accept Alpha Tauri demotion
Alex Albon has denied that he might be happy to be demoted to Red Bull's second Formula 1 team. Read more.

Hamilton could retire after 2021 - Chilton
Lewis Hamilton could retire after becoming F1's first ever eight time world champion. Read more.

No two-day race weekend format for Dutch GP
Formula 1 is not moving to a two-day race weekend format in 2021, according to Zandvoort circuit director Robert van Overdijk. Read more.

F1 bosses hopeful record-breaking 23-race season could see fans return
The 2021 calendar was unveiled on Tuesday morning. Read more.

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