Formula One (F1) racing, scheduled to return to China in 2023, will be canceled again.

According to BBC Sport, the organizers of F1 have decided that the Chinese Grand Prix cannot go ahead next year because of China’s zero-COVID policy.

F1 racing cars last visited China in 2019 and were initially scheduled to return to China for the fourth race on April 16, 2023. But the Chinese authorities’ Covid strategy led F1 to conclude that the race could go ahead.

The organizers claimed that F1 workers would not be exempted from China’s quarantine requirements if diagnosed with COVID-19.

F1 argues it cannot ask teams to go to China to compete in Shanghai with the risk that its staff could be detained for days if they contract the coronavirus.

According to China’s latest regulations, anyone infected with COVID must stay in an isolation center for five days plus another three days at home.

F1 chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali has yet to announce the race’s cancellation officially, but the decision is considered an inevitability.

In an announcement in September, the F1 organizers said that the 2023 season has a whopping 24 races, the most in F1 history.

The organizers are not expected to replace the race in China with another race.

This means the calendar will be cut to 23 races.

The Chinese Grand Prix’s cancellation will leave the 2023 schedule with a four-week gap between the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on April 2 and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on April 30.

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