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No replacement for China as F1 confirm 23-race calendar

Formula One has announced that no race would be replacing the Chinese Grand Prix.


The race was cancelled due to “ongoing difficulties” with Covid within China, this announcement came back in December.


Despite the original announcement, organisers of the race had hoped for the Grand Prix to go ahead as the situation within the country had improved but F1 has now rejected this possibility.


Formula One said in a statement, “Formula 1 can confirm the 2023 season will consist of 23 races. All existing race dates on the calendar remain unchanged.”


There had been a number of races which were in contention to replace the race, with Portugal, Turkey and France all among the possibilities that have now been taken off the table.


There will now be a four-week gap between the Australian Grand Prix and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and this allows for an early season break for the drivers, teams and personnel which will be needed during the hectic season.


The last Chinese Grand Prix took place in 2019 and was won by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes, followed by team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.


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