Formula 1 Confirms Commitment to Chinese Grand Prix Through 2025
The Chinese Grand Prix has been one of the main casualties of the ongoing pandemic, but Formula 1 remains committed to the country long-term and has announced an extension of its deal through 2025, with the hope of a return in 2023.
The announcement was made Saturday morning in China.
The Chinese Grand Prix was the first Formula 1 event to be cancelled in 2020 prior to the virus sweeping through the rest of the world and wreaking unprecedented chaos on schedules.
China’s event has not featured in 2021, with it initially postponed before eventually being canceled. Ongoing uncertainty over the country’s entry restrictions and protocols means it will not be a part of the 2022 schedule either.
For 2023 through at least 2025, it's apparently full speed ahead.
China’s F1 race was first held in 2004, with the purpose-built Shanghai International Circuit having been the venue for all 16 races that have taken place in the country. Its most recent race, held in April 2019, marked Formula 1’s 1,000th Grand Prix.
“This is great news for all of our fans in China and we are delighted to announce this agreement that will see us racing in Shanghai until 2025,” said Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Our partnership with the promoter Juss Sports is incredibly strong and we look forward to continuing our long-term partnership.
“While we are all disappointed we could not include China on the 2022 calendar due to ongoing pandemic conditions, China will be restored to the calendar as soon as conditions allow and we look forward to being back with the fans as soon as we can.”
Next year’s calendar will feature a record-breaking 23 races, including the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, and Formula 1 will have to trim some of events for 2023 if the schedule is not to expand further.
The 2022 schedule does not feature China or this month’s first-year race at Qatar, which is going to be absent next year while it focuses on hosting soccer’s World Cup, Qatar is scheduled to return on a 10-year deal from 2023. Discussions are also ongoing over a potential third U.S. round in Las Vegas.
Four events on the 2022 calendar—Imola, Barcelona, Singapore and Austin—remain subject to a commercial agreement being reached between race promoters and Formula 1, while France’s Grand Prix, which is only contracted for 2022, is believed to be on shaky ground long-term.