Formula One has announced an extension to the current contract of Chinese Grand Prix until 2025.
The decision comes after the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit, Jiading, Shanghai, China was left off last and this season’s race calendars, plus won’t return in 2022 due to travel restrictions concerns thus missing out on a spot in a record-breaking 23 race calendar.
Describing the decision to extend their existing deal for the Chinese GP as “great news” despite not visiting between 2020-22 seasons due to the Coronavirus pandemic, F1 President & CEO, Stefano Domenicali is delighted to extend the contract until end of 2025 season with aim of a return in 2023.
Domenicali also praised Chinese GP promoter, Juss Sports for their assistance throughout this period, as he said: “Our partnership with the promoter Juss Sports is incredibly strong and we look forward to continuing our long term partnership.”
The ex Ferrari Team Principal also offered reassurances about the return of the race from 2023 onwards, adding: “While we are all disappointed we could not include China on the 2022 calendar due to ongoing pandemic conditions, China will be restored to the calendar as soon as conditions allow and we look forward to being back with the fans as soon as we can.”
2019 marked the last time that the Chinese Grand Prix was featured on the F1 calendar as it hosted the sport’s 1000th race, which was won by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton from second on the grid after Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position.