Imola set to return for 2022 as China axed again – report

The Chinese Grand Prix will not appear on the 2022 calendar reveal according to a report by the BBC, with Imola returning in its place.

Formula 1 last raced at China’s Shanghai International Circuit in 2019, but the event has now been absent for the past two seasons due to the ongoing global pandemic.

And that spell is now expected to extend to three seasons, meaning the April 24 slot on the 2022 calendar will not be filled by the Chinese Grand Prix.

Instead, the BBC report that Imola will take its place on the schedule for a third-successive season as host of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

This news is expected to be confirmed on Friday when the 2022 calendar is set to be officially unveiled.

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The BBC state that further returns that are to be sanctioned, including a comeback for the Australian, Canadian, Singapore and Japanese GPs.

Australia was originally pushed back from its 2021 season-opener slot in March to November, only for the event to later be cancelled outright for a second year running.

The 2021 Canadian and Singapore GPs were also cancelled for a second season on the bounce, while the Japanese GP met the same fate, a controversial call considering Japan successfully hosted the delayed 2020 Olympics from July-August 2021.

 

A record 23-race calendar, to be contested within a shorter time frame between March-November, is expected to be made official on Friday October 15.

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