Formula One announced on Saturday that the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, which will be absent from the calendar for the third year in a row in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had extended its contract until 2025.
The race was first held in 2004 and China is seen as an important growth area for the sport.
« 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, » Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali said in a statement.
« Our partnership with the promoter Juss Sports is incredibly strong and we look forward to continuing our long-term partnership.
« 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. »
Other Asian races in Australia, Japan and Singapore have also been cancelled for the past two seasons due to the pandemic but are due to return in what will be a record 23-race calendar next year.
The 2022 season marks the start of a new era, with major rule changes, and is due to open at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit on March 20.