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Chinese GP set to be absent from F1 calendar for third year

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LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Formula One will publish a report 23-race 2022 calendar on Friday however the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai is set to be absent for the third year in a row.

Multiple sources informed Reuters on Thursday that China was not on a draft schedule introduced to groups on Wednesday however would characteristic as a potential reserve for later within the season within the occasion of one other spherical dropping off.

Formula One sees China as a key progress market however the race, often in April, was cancelled in 2020 and this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and journey restrictions.

Italy’s Imola circuit, introduced again as a stand-in for cancelled races this year and final, is predicted to take China’s slot whereas Miami is available in as a second spherical within the United States.

This year’s Chinese Grand Prix was initially postponed from April to later within the year due to the pandemic after which cancelled, with a revised 22-race calendar revealed.

China will be internet hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in February and has cancelled or rescheduled international sporting occasions for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

Tickets for the Olympics are to be offered to spectators from mainland China solely and unvaccinated athletes should spend 21 days in quarantine forward of the Games. learn extra

Formula One chief govt Stefano Domenicali has already stated the 2022 season will run from mid-March to mid-November, with the game keen to keep away from a conflict with the World Cup in Qatar in late November and December.

Teams accredited the draft calendar at a Formula One Commission assembly in London on Wednesday and it’ll now be submitted to Friday’s assembly of the World Motor Sport Council.

The FIA stated the Commission was additionally introduced with constructive suggestions from stakeholders on two Sprint occasions held at Silverstone and Monza. A third dash will be held on the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The sources stated the variety of dash races was doubtless to double in 2022.

An replace to the sporting laws was additionally mentioned on the assembly following this year’s moist and farcical Belgian Grand Prix.

The rain-delayed race at Spa-Francorchamps ended after a few laps behind the security automobile and with none overtaking allowed. Half-points have been awarded with podium ceremonies carried out.

“The Commission… asked that the Sporting Advisory Committee considers this topic at its next meeting to propose options for updated procedures and regulations,” the FIA stated in an announcement.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Toby Davis

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