Formula One: China extends F1 deal for three more years

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel steering his car during the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on April 9, 2017. The race in Shanghai has been extended for another three more years.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel steering his car during the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on April 9, 2017. The race in Shanghai has been extended for another three more years.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - China will continue to host a Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai for at least three more years, F1 said on Friday (Sept 29).

The Chinese Grand Prix, which made its debut in September 2004, would take place a week later next year, on April 15, swapping places with the Bahrain race, which will move to April 8, F1 said on its website.

The current Shanghai race weekend coincides with China's Qingming three-day national holiday, also known as the Tomb Sweeping Festival, when families pay respects to their ancestors.

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement which will see the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix continue as a fixture of the Formula 1 World Championship for at least a further three years," F1 chairman and chief executive Chase Carey said in a statement.

"This great country has already demonstrated an overwhelming show of interest in our sport and we firmly believe there is still a great deal of unexplored potential here.

"That's why this renewed agreement is so important as part of our development strategy, especially in this part of the world."

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the grand prix in Shanghai for a record-extending fifth time this year.