China was the primary race to fall foul of the coronavirus pandemic again in 2020, and it didn’t make it again on to both final 12 months’s or this 12 months’s schedule.
With worldwide journey restrictions nonetheless fairly tight because the nation bids to maintain management on the impression of COVID-19, F1 has determined to once more steer clear for 2022 to keep away from any danger of a late disruption.
However regardless of the continuing absence, F1 has lengthy been open about it being dedicated to racing within the nation, and it has duly agreed a contract extension.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali stated: “That is nice information for all of our followers in China and we’re delighted to announce this settlement that can see us racing in Shanghai till 2025.
“Our partnership with the promoter Juss Sports activities is extremely sturdy and we sit up for persevering with our long-term partnership.
“Whereas we’re all upset we couldn’t embody China on the 2022 calendar resulting from ongoing pandemic circumstances, China shall be restored to the calendar as quickly as circumstances enable and we sit up for being again with the followers as quickly as we are able to.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, 1st place, shows his trophy to his followers
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China first hosted a race in Shanghai in 2004 and since then the recognition of F1 within the nation has grown significantly.
Whereas F1 has targeted loads on making an attempt to extend it’s presence in america, it’s also effectively conscious that the Asian market is vital to the championship’s groups and sponsors.
Shanghai has most lately taken an early slot within the calendar, and would probably characteristic then once more in 2023, ought to the nation’s journey restrictions be lifted at that time.
F1 has introduced a 23-race schedule for subsequent season and is reluctant to broaden the variety of races past that determine – which suggests China’s return could be on the expense of one of many present grands prix.