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Formula One fails to find replacement for China Grand Prix

Formula One fails to find replacement for China Grand Prix


The Formula One season will be the longest ever with 23 races this year organizers announced on Tuesday despite failing to find a replacement for The China Grand Prix.
Formula One chiefs had been searching for a stand-in since they announced in December the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix for the fourth successive year citing continuing problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Portugal and Turkey had been rumored as potential replacements as both have experience hosting a Grand Prix.
The specialist press also reported that China had tried to regain its place due to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
However, Formula One issued a statement on Tuesday saying the schedule would remain at 23 races leaving a large gap between the third race, the Australian Grand Prix on April 2, and the Azerbaijan race, on April 30.
“Formula 1 can confirm the 2023 season will consist of 23 races. All existing race dates on the calendar remain unchanged.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will kick off his bid for a third successive driver’s title in Bahrain on March 5.

FILE PHOTO: Haas’ Romain Grosjean in action during the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China on Apiril 14, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo