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The Chinese Grand Prix will sit out the Formula One season for the third year in a row, with Imola taking over the vacated slot on April 24, 2022, subject to agreeing terms.

Ironically, China are worried about F1 personnel spreading Covid.

As Sportsmail reported on Wednesday, the season will be a record 23 races long, with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix taking place on May 8, after the FIA World Motorsport Council ratified the schedule on Friday.

F1 published a record 23-race calendar for 2022, starting in Bahrain and ending in Abu Dhabi

2022 F1 CALENDAR
March 20 – Bahrain (Sakhir)

March 27 – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

April 10 – Australia (Melbourne)

April 24 – Emilia Romagna (Imola)

May 8 – Miami

May 22 – Spain (Barcelona)

May 29 – Monaco

June 12 – Azerbaijan (Baku)

June 19 – Canada (Montreal)

July 3 – Great Britain (Silverstone)

July 10 – Austria (Spielberg)

July 24 – France (Le Castellet)

July 31 – Hungary (Budapest)

August 28 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

September 4 – Netherlands (Zandvoort)

September 11 – Italy (Monza)

September 25 – Russia (Sochi)

October 2 – Singapore (Marina Bay)

October 9 – Japan (Suzuka)

October 23 – USA (Austin)

October 30 – Mexico (Mexico City)

November 13 – Brazil (Sao Paulo)

November 20 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

In a break with tradition, the Monaco race will be held over three days rather than the usual four.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is due to be held on July 3.

China could be added at a later stage if a vacancy comes open and the Chinese authorities are willing to submit themselves to F1’s arrival in Shanghai.

Bahrain will host the opening round of the new campaign on March 20, with Abu Dhabi the stage for the concluding event exactly eight months later.

The 2022 schedule will bring added strain on the sport’s travelling circus, with seven back-to-back races, two triple headers, and six races in seven whirlwind weeks following the August break.

F1 will also undergo a major overhaul of it regulations next season in the hope of producing closer racing, while CEO Stefano Domenicali has stated his desire to stage sprint races at as many as eight events.

‘We are excited to announce the 2022 calendar as we prepare to enter a new era for the sport,’ said Domenicali.

‘This season has been incredible so far with great battles on the track, large audiences tuning in and fans returning to the races after the impact of the pandemic.

‘We look forward to welcoming more fans back next season and hope 2022 feels more normal than the life we have all experienced in the past two years.

‘We are very pleased with the interest in Formula One from places that want to host races and the growth of the sport, and believe we have a fantastic calendar for 2022 with destinations like Miami joining famous and historic venues.

‘The pandemic is still with us, and we will therefore continue to be vigilant and safe – to protect all our personnel and the communities we visit.’

Six grands prix of this season’s 22-race campaign remain. Lewis Hamilton is six points adrift of rival Max Verstappen as he pursues a record eighth world title.