Chinese Grand Prix ‘cancelled’ again with F1 2023 calendar set to be reduced

Formula 1’s 2023 calendar is set to be reduced to 23 races, with the Chinese Grand Prix reportedly being cancelled again.

The Shanghai circuit – which hasn’t hosted a Grand Prix since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic – was included in the original 24-race calendar for next year. However, that hinged on a relaxation of China’s strict Covid policy which mandates a period of isolation following a positive test.

The country’s zero-Covid policy has resulted in the race being called off, reports the BBC. The biggest issue is said to revolve around F1 staff not being granted exemptions from quarantine requirements if they contract the infection.

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China’s current rules demand that anyone with Covid must spend five days in an isolation centre, plus three days at home, which would be completely unworkable for F1 staff.

The Chinese Grand Prix was due to be the fourth race of the season on April 16. It’s expected cancellation will lead to a four-week break between the Australian Grand Prix on April 2 and Azerbaijan Grand Prix on April 30. That is unless F1 decides to find a replacement, as it did several times during the Covid-impacted 2020 and 2021 seasons.

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Updated F1 2023 calendar

February 23-25: Bahrain pre-season test
March 5: Bahrain
March 19: Saudi Arabia
April 2: Australia
April 30: Azerbaijan
May 7: Miami
May 21: Emilia Romagna (Imola)
May 28: Monaco
June 4: Spain
June 18: Canada
July 2: Austria
July 9: Britain
July 23: Hungary
July 30: Belgium
August 27: Netherlands
September 3: Italy
September 17: Singapore
September 24: Japan
October 8: Qatar
October 22: United States
October 29: Mexico
November 5: Brazil
November 18: Las Vegas
November 26: Abu Dhabi

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