Formula 1 Calendar 2023 – F1 Makes U-turn Over Chinese Grand Prix

Formula 1 Calendar 2023 – F1 Makes U-turn Over Chinese Grand Prix

Monday – Several weeks after it was confirmed that the Shanghai race would not take place this year, the Chinese Grand Prix may likely reappear on the Formula 1 calendar in 2023 

The Chinese Grand Prix has been taking place since 2004, however, the races came to a stall in 2019 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China.

However, since that announcement, China has slowly returned to normalcy. The country has eased many of its Covid-related restrictions and protocols, and is set to remove all quarantine requirements for international arrivals on January 8th.

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Shanghai International Circuit. April 14, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Getty Images)

Many Sports Associations have also been given the greenlight to start hosting fans at arenas or stadiums. Consequently, the Chinese Basketball Association and football’s Chinese Super League have also recently welcomed fans back into stadiums.

It is widely rumored that Chinese Grand Prix promoter Juss Sports is objective about hosting the race this year on its original April 16th date, and has already presented Formula 1 with a proposal to do so.

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China – April 14, 2019

Despite the country’s Covid-zero policy preventing the Chinese Grand Prix from taking place since 2019, Formula 1 is known to be keen to keep the Shanghai race on the calendar, and in November 2021 extended its contract with the Chinese Grand Prix until 2025.