No Race for 3 Years But Chinese F1 Grand Prix Gets an Extension

Published 11/06/2021, 7:24 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 15, 2012 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)


Although the Chinese Grand Prix isn’t a stop on next season’s schedule, Formula 1 has extended its contract with the organizers until 2025. The last time the circus arrived at the Shanghai Circuit was to celebrate F1’s 1000th race in 2019. Since then, the pandemic has prohibited the races in China from taking place.

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Shanghai doesn’t feature on the 2022 calendar because of safety precautions surrounding COVID-19. However, the contract extension ensures that, as soon as the green light is given, F1 will race in Shanghai.

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Stefano Domenicali promised to ensure the return will be as soon as possible.

“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.”

As fans and drivers get excited for a return to one of the most exciting circuits on the calendar, the iconic track awaits the F1 machines.

Reliving the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

It was a grand festival in Shanghai as F1 celebrated its 1000th Grand Prix. Further, it was a positive race for most drivers on the grid.

Mercedes asserted their dominance even on the milestone event; with Hamilton leading a Mercedes 1-2 and also taking his sixth win at the circuit. Sebastian Vettel completed the podium with Ferrari.

Hamilton clinched the 2019 Chinese GP (Photo by Yin Liqin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo celebrated his first points with Renault having finished in seventh.

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Sergio Perez, then donning the pink of Racing Point, showcased his talent at the race start. Perez made the jump from P12 to P8 at the race start.

The drivers who didn’t have a good time were McLaren duo Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, who were in a first-lap incident with Daniil Kvyat; the Toro Rosso lived up to his nickname of the ‘Torpedo,’ which was, funnily enough, given to him by Vettel at the same track.

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A good race to act as a reference to whenever F1 returns to the exquisite circuit, probably with a very different grid than the one seen in 2019. Regardless, China awaits!

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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