FORMULA ONE have cancelled the Chinese Grand Prix for the fourth year in a row due to “Covid difficulties”.
The circuit was set to return to Shanghai for the fourth race of the 2023 season on April 16.
But with coronavirus still an ongoing issue in the Asian country, F1 confirmed the Grand Prix will not go ahead as planned.
The Chinese GP was axed when the pandemic broke out in early 2020.
The 2021 and 2022 races were also wiped off the F1 calendar as the problems continued.
And now F1 have said: “The 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the Covid-19 situation.”
Lewis Hamilton won the last edition of the Chinese GP in 2019.
That was the Brit’s sixth victory at Shanghai in his illustrious career, claiming his first chequered flag in 2008.
Max Verstappen will begin his campaign for a hat-trick of drivers’ world championships in Bahrain on March 5 – after pre-season testing at the same venue.
F1 had pieced together a whopping 24-race season for 2023, with a new Las Vegas Grand Prix on the penultimate weekend.
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