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BREAKING NEWS: F1 confirm a 23-race calendar for 2023

The Chinese Grand Prix was on the calendar for the 2023 season but was questionable given the country's Covid restrictions

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Formula 1 have announced that the 2023 season will remain a 23-race season with no replacement for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 race
Main straight at Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai, China (Credit: motorsportimages.com).

The Chinese Grand Prix was added to the calendar for the 2023 season. This year was set to be a record-breaking season with 24 races, running from March 5th to November 26th.

Round Four of the season was going to be the Chinese Grand Prix. However, the race in China was cancelled.

The reasoning behind this was that everyone involved in the Grand Prix weekend would not have been exempt from the country’s Covid rules. This meant that they would have to quarantine.

Formula 1 commented on the cancellation saying that the sport “cannot ask teams to go to the country for the race in Shanghai with the risk that staff could be detained for days if they caught coronavirus.”

With the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix, it meant there was almost a four-week gap between rounds three and five in Australia and Azerbaijan.

There was speculation as to whether the Chinese Grand Prix would have been replaced by another race. The Portuguese Grand Prix was among the potential replacements.

Another solution to shorten the gap between races was to move the Azerbaijan Grand Prix earlier than it’s current date – April 30th. But there was reluctance around this move due to the poorer weather in early April.

No replacement for China

The Chinese Grand Prix had signed a contract with Formula 1 to remain on the calendar until 2025. However, for 2023, the race will not be replaced nor will another be moved forward.

Formula 1 stated:

“Formula 1 can confirm the 2023 season will consist of 23 races. All existing race dates on the calendar remain unchanged.”

This means the gap between Melbourne and Baku remains the same. But the 23-race calendar now also means that there are some restrictions in terms of components. For example, teams are limited in the number of gearboxes (four).

Having a 23-race calendar is still record-breaking with this season having the most races in F1 history. Whether the Chinese Grand Prix will return for future seasons is unknown. But for now, the Chinese Grand Prix has not been replaced for the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Headline Image: @F1 on Twitter

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