Formula 1 announced that the cancelled 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not be replaced, meaning the 2023 calendar will feature 23 races.
Formula 1 will have 23 races this season, still a record and one more than last year, after deciding not to replace the cancelled Chinese Grand Prix on the calendar.
The race in Shanghai, originally scheduled for April 16 as the fourth of 24 rounds, was axed last month for the fourth year in a row due to strict local measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Formula 1 had said then that it was assessing alternative options, with various venues touted in the media including Portugal’s Portimao circuit that was used as a replacement in 2020 and 2021 for races cancelled during the pandemic.
“Formula One can confirm the 2023 season will consist of 23 races. All existing race dates on the calendar remain unchanged,” the sport said on Tuesday on social media.
Formula 1 added on its official website: “That means the season will kick off with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5, and finish up in Abu Dhabi on November 26, with the brand new Las Vegas Grand Prix joining the calendar a week before the season finale.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Addition reporting by GrandPrix247)