Formula One announced the cancellation of the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix. According to FIA, COVID-19 difficulties were the reason for the cancellation. Also, it was initially scheduled on April 16 in Shanghai. Therefore, it was supposed to be the first Grand Prix in the country since 2019.
Due to the country’s stringent Covid-19 guidelines, Formula One is looking elsewhere to host the fourth race of the 2023 season.
Over the last week, thousands of people have demonstrated in cities throughout China to oppose the government’s zero-Covid plan.
The 2023 Chinese Grand Prix Canceled
Lockdown orders for thousands of Chinese buildings and neighborhoods are still in effect since they are considered high danger as of Friday.
Over 34,000 new infections were recorded on Thursday, and the number of cases has been at record highs for the last week.
According to bookie software solutions specialists, the top official in charge of the country’s Covid response said this week that China was entering a “new stage and mission” in pandemic management, which might mean that Beijing is changing its “zero-Covid” plan.
On March 5, 2023, Bahrain will play host to the first race of the Formula One season. If the Chinese Grand Prix is moved to another venue, the new season will have 24 races.