It was on the official calendar that the FIA and Formula 1 presented in September, but even then there were serious doubts about its viability and now it has been confirmed that it will not be held. The Chinese Grand Prix, which should have been held on April 16, 2023, has finally been cancelled.
The statement announcing the suspension of the Chinese Grand Prix came on Friday.
“Formula 1 confirms that, following dialogue with the promoter and the authorities, the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place due to the difficulties presented by the current COVID-19 situation,” the statement read.
F1 is looking for a replacement
Although China is an essential date for Formula 1 and appears in the provisional calendars of each season, it could not be held in 2020, 2021 and 2022 for the same reason.
F1 now leaves the door open to replace the race with another event to maintain the 24-race calendar in which China initially had a slot.
Without China, F1 would experience a four-week hiatus without competition, separating the Australian Grand Prix (April 2) and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (April 30). The most plausible alternative is to return to Portimao (Portugal), although the final decision seems to be some weeks away.
Fourth race of the season
China was to be the fourth round of the 2023 Formula 1 season in a first phase of the year in which it is largely away from Europe. It kicks off in Bahrein (March 5) and visits to Saudi Arabia (March 19) and Australia (April 2).
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