Chinese language Grand Prix: Shanghai race anticipated to be dropped from 2022 F1 calendar

Lewis Hamilton received the Chinese language Grand Prix in 2019

The Chinese language Grand Prix is anticipated to be dropped from the 2022 Formulation 1 calendar when subsequent yr’s schedule is revealed on Friday.

The Shanghai race has not been held for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started and restrictions surrounding Covid in China imply holding it’s unimaginable.

Will probably be changed by the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola on 24 April.

F1 is about to publish a file 23-race calendar with all the opposite established occasions absent this season reinstated.

Races in Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan are all set to happen in 2022.

All 4 international locations have missed the final two seasons because of their respective nationwide restrictions surrounding Covid-19.

The 2022 season will begin in Bahrain on 20 March and finish in Abu Dhabi on 20 November, and cram 23 races into simply 35 weeks.

The championship will finish three weeks sooner than this yr’s to keep away from a conflict with the soccer World Cup in Qatar.

And it options the first race in Miami, a blue-riband occasion that’s being held along with the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, with the hope of rising F1’s viewers in America.

This yr, F1 revealed a 23-race calendar however needed to amend it as numerous international locations determined they might not maintain races in the midst of the pandemic.

Ultimately, 22 races will probably be held this yr, regardless of the cancellation of the occasions in Australia, China, Canada, Singapore and Japan.

F1 is assured that the possibilities of this taking place once more subsequent yr are drastically decreased.

Japan, which has managed to carry Covid again beneath management after a summer season surge that coincided with the Tokyo Olympics, is taken into account the occasion more than likely to fall if the circumstances surrounding the virus change.

Australia, which has had among the world’s most stringent Covid journey restrictions, has been moved from its conventional slot at first of the season to turn into the third race to offer it extra time to organize for the grand prix.

Extra ‘dash’ race weekends deliberate

Max Verstappen leads the sprint at Silverstone
F1’s new Dash format made its debut at Silverstone in July

F1 has been discussing with governing physique the FIA and the groups the concept of accelerating the variety of occasions working the brand new ‘dash’ format.

Two of those occasions, which transfer qualifying to Friday and have a one-third distance race on Saturday to set the grid for the principle grand prix, have already been held this yr and a 3rd is scheduled for the Brazilian occasion subsequent month.

F1 and the groups met on the F1 Fee assembly on Wednesday and mentioned the concept of getting six ‘dash’ occasions subsequent yr.

Nonetheless, discussions are ongoing and debate centres across the sport’s finances cap.

Mercedes, Crimson Bull and Ferrari argue that the dash occasions are costly, as a result of they characteristic two races moderately than one, and are pushing for the finances cap to stay at this yr’s stage of $145m (£114m) if there are to be six dash occasions, moderately than cut back it to $140m as deliberate.

Different groups will not be blissful in regards to the thought of preserving the finances cap at this yr’s stage and a compromise has not but been reached.

It has not been determined which races will maintain the dash occasions in 2022, however F1 is working in direction of a plan whereby there’s a mixture of historic occasions, comparable to Silverstone, and the higher-paying new tracks, comparable to these within the Center East.

There have additionally been discussions about growing the variety of factors awarded within the ‘dash’ race on Saturday, and reversing the choice to award pole place to the winner of the ‘dash’ race moderately than the driving force who units the quickest time in qualifying.

Anticipated 2022 F1 calendar

20 March Bahrain (Sakhir)

27 March Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

10 April Australia (Melbourne)

24 April Emilia Romagna (Imola)

8 Might Miami

22 Might Spain (Barcelona)

29 Might Monaco

12 June Azerbaijan (Baku)

19 June Canada (Montreal)

3 July Nice Britain (Silverstone)

10 July Austria (Spielberg)

24 July France (Le Castellet)

31 July Hungary (Budapest)

28 August Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

4 September Netherlands (Zandvoort)

11 September Italy (Monza)

25 September Russia (Sochi)

2 October Singapore (Marina Bay)

9 October Japan (Suzuka)

23 October USA (Austin)

30 October Mexico (Mexico Metropolis)

13 November Brazil (Sao Paulo)

20 November Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

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