While according to the BBC, the Chinese Grand Prix may not take place again in 2023, a spokesperson for the F1 Championship recently denied this information.
Absent for three years now, will the Chinese Grand Prix finally make its return to the calendar? In effect, due to the coronavirus pandemic in the world for some time now, the meeting in Shanghai has been absent from the latter since 2019. However, for the moment, the Chinese meeting is on the program for the 2023 Formula 1 season, on April 16. However, the country’s very strict policy in the fight against Covid-19 could change the situation. At least, the BBC cast doubt on this on Tuesday and mentioned a possible new cancellation of the GP. “The main sticking point is that F1 staff would not be exempt from quarantine requirements if infected with Covid-19 “, explained in particular the british media. Because, on site, people who test positive must then respect a very strict protocol with quarantine and PCR tests almost every day…
The Chinese GP maintained… for the moment
Faced with this, F1 wanted to react to this rumor which grew rapidly. “We continue to monitor the Covid situation in China and maintain a close dialogue with the promoter and the authorities. China has been included in the 2023 calendar and, until we announce otherwise, this remains the case “, declared a spokesperson for the discipline, in remarks collected by AFP. We will therefore have to wait a little longer to be sure that the pilots will see Shanghai in a few months from now. In the meantime, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) remains the last winner in China for the moment. However, F1 wants to be visibly optimistic about it. If the Chinese GP were to be canceled for a fourth time, after 2020, 2021 and 2022, the fourth round of the next season should not be replaced and therefore there would be “only” 23 races in 2023which would still be a record.