File photo of the Chinese Grand Prix
Formula 1’s leaders canceled the Chinese Grand Prix for the fourth consecutive year on Friday due to ongoing concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Formula 1, after consultation with the promoter and relevant authorities, can confirm that the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place due to the ongoing difficulties posed by the COVID-19 situation,” said a statement on their website.
“Formula 1 is exploring alternative options to replace the slot on the 2023 calendar and will provide an update on this in due course.”
The last time the race was held in Shanghai was in 2019.
The decision came as cities across China continued to ease Covid restrictions on Friday, easing testing and quarantine rules in the wake of nationwide protests calling for an end to lockdowns and greater political freedoms.
Anger over China’s zero-Covid policy — which involves massive lockdowns, constant testing and quarantines even for people who are not infected — has sparked protests in major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Potential replacements are Portugal and Turkey, although that will depend on financial factors.
Portugal hosted a Grand Prix at Portimao in 2020 and 2021. Istanbul Park last held a Grand Prix in 2021.
Even if China – which would have been the fourth race on the calendar – is not replaced, the 23-lap campaign will be the longest ever.
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