The Chinese Grand Prix will not be replaced in 2023.

This year’s Chinese Grand Prix will not be replaced.

The race in 2023 was called off in December due to “ongoing difficulties” with Covid in China.

F1 has turned down a request from the Chinese organisers to reinstate the race and will not replace its April 23 date with another event.

“Formula 1 can confirm the 2023 season will consist of 23 races,” a statement said.

“All existing race dates on the calendar remain unchanged.”

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

Logistical issues are at the heart of the decision not to fill China’s spot with an alternative race.

The Chinese Grand Prix was canceled by F1 due to the restrictive zero-Covid policies that were in place last year.

Following widespread popular protests, the government lifted its restrictions, but there has since been an increase in cases.

This has resulted in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy, imposing restrictions on Chinese visitors, and F1 deciding that there was too much uncertainty surrounding the situation to risk holding a race there.

The decision means that there has been no Chinese Grand Prix since 2019, raising concerns about the event’s future.

The absence of China creates a four-week gap between the Australian Grand Prix on April 2 and the race in Azerbaijan on April 30.

F1 considered replacing China with another event, most likely in Europe, but decided that adding an extra travel leg – which would have been very different from Australia to China – was too much added complication with only six weeks until the season began.

F1 would have had a record 24-race season in 2023 if China had been replaced. As it stands, 23 grand prix are still the most ever held in a single year.

The 2023 Formula One season kicks off in Bahrain on March 3rd. Pre-season testing will also take place at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit from the 23rd to the 25th of February.