The last hopes of the organisers of the China Grand Prix about a race this year have been buried. Formula 1 will not race in Shanghai.

World champion Max Verstappen and co will not travel to China in 2023, despite relaxed COVID-19 measures in the country, the Formula One circus will not return to the Shanghai circuit. This was announced by Formula 1 on Tuesday.

This means 23 races will be held this year. “The other race dates remain unchanged,” it said in a statement, meaning there will be no race between the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on April 2 and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on April 30. The season starts on 5 March in Bahrain, with the finale scheduled for 26 November in Abu Dhabi.

Cancellation despite relaxation of rules

The cancellation means China 2023 will be missing from the Formula One calendar for the fourth consecutive year, with Lewis Hamilton winning the last race in 2019 ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel. The Shanghai race was originally scheduled to take place as the fourth round of the season on 16 April but was then cancelled in December due to strict corona rules. In the meantime, however, China has relaxed its corona policy and entrants no longer have to go into quarantine.

For this reason, the organisers of the event approached Formula 1, but without success.