Formula 1 Scrubs The 2023 Chinese Grand Prix

Formula One looks for alternative options to fill vacant Shanghai International Circuit slot
Drivers compete during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit in the Emirati city of Abu Dhabi on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Karim Sahib / AFP) (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Following communist China’s severe Covid-19 lockdowns that led to the most significant protests in the country since 1989, Formula One axed the Chinese Grand Prix from its 2023 calendar.
  • Last year, F1 announced its intent to return to the Shanghai International Circuit after a three-year pandemic-induced hiatus.
  • A short statement issued by F1 said, “Formula 1 can confirm, following dialogue with the promoter and relevant authorities, that the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 situation.”

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