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F1 confirms cancellation of 2023 Chinese Grand Prix

Next year’s Chinese Grand Prix has been cancelled by Formula 1 because of “ongoing difficulties” with Covid.

The Shanghai race was due to return in April for the first time since 2019.

Protests have been held in China in recent days over its ‘zero Covid’ policies, which include regular lockdowns and isolation imposed on infected people and contacts.

F1 says it would not be able to operate normally in China and cannot justify risks to staff involved in travelling.

The sport’s bosses have been in discussions with Chinese officials in recent weeks but were unable to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

The news, revealed by BBC Sport was officially announced by F1 on Friday.

A statement said the race would not take place because of “the ongoing difficulties presented by the Covid-19 situation”.

China had been scheduled to host the fourth race of the 2023 season on 16 April.

The statement said: “Formula 1 is assessing alternative options to replace the slot on the 2023 calendar and will provide an update on this in due course.”

Writing by Omotola Oguneye