Formula One announces Chinese GP contract extension

Formula One organisers have announced a deal which will keep the Chinese GP on the calendar until at least 2025.

The race, held in Shanghai, has been on the calendar since 2004 and has become a fan-favourite over the years.

But like all of the usual Far-Eastern venues F1 visits on the calendar, the Chinese GP has not been held since 2019 as COVID-19 continues to spread.

The 2020 calendar was held mostly in Europe but this year has started to see some normality on the calendar with the paddock heading to the Americas.

It is hoped that 2022 will see the Far-Eastern races, including the Chinese GP, return as the world opens up after COVID.

Speaking on the announcement, Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said he looks forward to seeing F1 return to the circuit in the coming years.

“This is great news for all of our fans in China and we are delighted to announce this agreement that will see us racing in Shanghai until 2025,” he said in a statement released by F1.

“Our partnership with the promoter Juss Sports is incredibly strong and we look forward to continuing our long term partnership.

“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.”