Formula 1 race in China
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Most recently, a Formula 1 race took place on the Shanghai International Circuit in 2019. © Ng Han Guan/AP/dpa/archive image

According to a media report, the Formula 1 Grand Prix of China is to be canceled next April. The reason is the Chinese government’s rigid zero-Covid policy, as the BBC reported.

Berlin – A Formula 1 race was last held on the Shanghai International Circuit in 2019 before it was no longer driven there due to the corona pandemic and the strict quarantine rules. The race was scheduled to take place on April 16, 2023.

Accordingly, the crucial point is that no exceptions to the quarantine rules are made for the F1 employees in the event of a corona infection. Formula 1 is of the opinion that the teams cannot be expected to take the risk that employees could be detained for days. Formula 1 managing director Stefano Domenicali has not yet officially canceled the race, and there was no statement from Formula 1, as the BBC reported. dpa

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