Formula 1 today confirmed its calendar will remain at 23 races, meaning China’s hopes of a return to the F1 landscape have been postponed by at least a year.
Although the Shanghai Grand Prix was named in the original calendar for the 2023 Formula 1 season, it was scrapped because of the country’s strict Covid-19 protocols – with China at one point pursuing a zero-Covid strategy.
Today’s confirmation means China’s wait to return to the calendar will be at least another year longer.
“Formula 1 can confirm that the 2023 season will consist of 23 races,” Formula 1 said in a two-line statement. “All existing race dates in the calendar remain unchanged.”
The statement therefore confirms that Portimao, Portugal – who were reportedly looking to replace the Chinese Grand Prix on the calendar this year – will not fill the vacant weekend.
Full Formula 1 Calendar 2023
- march 3-5: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, 17-19: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah, 31-2 April: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
- April 28-30: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku
- Allowed to 5-7: Miami Grand Prix, Florida, 19-21: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, 26-28: Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco
- June 2-4: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona, 16-18: Canadian Grand Prix, Montréal, 30-2 Mar July: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
- July 7-9: British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 21-23: Hungarian Grand Prix, Mogyoród, 28-30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
- August 25-27: Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
- September 1-3: Italian Grand Prix, Monza, 15-17: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay, 22-24: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
- October 6-8: Qatar Grand Prix, Lusail, 20-22: United States Grand Prix, Austin, 27-29: Mexico City Grand Prix, Mexico City
- November 3-5: Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos, 16-18: Las Vegas Grand Prix, Las Vegas, 24-26: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi