The Formula One Chinese Grand Prix that was to be held on April 16, 2023 in Shanghai will not finally be included in the next season's calendar, due to "the difficulties presented by the covid situation" in the Asian country, the organizers indicated. of the World Cup in a statement. The decision has been made in agreement with "the promoters and the relevant authorities".
Formula One is now studying an alternative to replace the one in China with another Grand Prix, in a season in which the World Cup will have a record number of 24 races.
The 2023 championship will begin on March 5 in Bahrain. The one in China was going to be the fourth Grand Prix, after those in Saudi Arabia and Australia.
The Chinese GP has been part of the Formula One calendar since 2004, but between 2020 and 2022 it was not held due to the covid.
China continues to apply a severe 'zero tolerance' policy towards the new coronavirus and has suffered waves of outbreaks in recent months attributed to the omicron variant that have caused record numbers of infections not seen since the start of the pandemic, in the first half of 2020.
Since last weekend, protests have been registered in several cities of the country due to exhaustion due to the restrictions imposed to try to contain the outbreaks
The National Health Commission reported this Friday 34,980 cases detected the day before.