F1 facing four-week gap with no replacement for Chinese GP - The Guardian

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Formula One volition person a four-week spread successful this season’s calendar aft it was confirmed the Chinese Grand Prix would not beryllium replaced.

The contention successful Shanghai, which had been owed to instrumentality spot connected 16 April, was cancelled past month due to the fact that of coronavirus restrictions successful the country. Despite Chinese officials subsequently moving distant from their zero-Covid policy, the circular could not beryllium salvaged, marking the 4th play it has been scrubbed from the schedule.

F1 executives assessed a fig of options to capable the vacant slot, with Portimao successful the Algarve understood to beryllium the main contender. But they decided against the logistical trouble of diverting to Portugal aft the 3rd contention of the play successful Melbourne, Australia, connected 2 April, and past connected to Azerbaijan.

It is believed F1 explored the accidental of bringing the contention successful Baku guardant by a week, but it was confirmed connected Tuesday that the fixture connected 30 April volition not beryllium moved.

The play begins successful Bahrain connected 5 March, and concludes successful Abu Dhabi connected 26 November and features a grounds 23 rounds, 1 much than past year.

The grid’s 10 teams volition unveil their caller machines adjacent period and the sole pre-season trial volition instrumentality spot implicit 3 days successful Bahrain, starting connected 23 February.

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