Formula 1: Chinese GP to be cancelled because of the country’s Covid policies

Formula 1 has not visited China since 2019, but was due to return for the fourth race in 2023 on 16 April. China’s zero-Covid policy has led F1 to conclude the race cannot go ahead. F1 is also in talks to extend Azerbaijan’s race contract, which is due to end next year. But Azerbaijan, which pays one of the largest fees of any race, is expected to sign a new 10-year deal. F1 has been fine-tuning its analysis of which tracks are best suited to hosting sprint events – which feature a shorter race on Saturdays to set the grid for the main grand prix – and is close to settling on the six races that will host them in 2023. These events feature a short, one-third distance race on Saturday afternoon in place of qualifying.

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