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Report: F1 considers Chinese GP double-header for 2020

Getty Images The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai is among those being considered by Formula One to host back-to-back races as part of its rescheduled 2020 season, according to the Race. Having confirmed its updated calendar for Europe last week, which will begin at Austria’s Red Bull Ring in Spielberg with successive races on 5th and 12th July before the Hungarian Grand Prix on 19th July, the global motorsport series is now reportedly looking to further fill the 15-race season. Shanghai has reportedly emerged as a possible destination to stage two Grands Prix, with Sochi, Russia, as well as Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in the Middle East also said to be in the mix. According to the Race, Formula One is apparently willing to offer a ‘half-price race-hosting fee for a second event at venues’ to secure a deal. One potential stumbling block for the proposed double-header is China’s position on international travellers, who are currently banned from entering the country as part of coronavirus prevention measures. Formula One will be hoping China softens its stance, given its Grand Prix’s new provisional date for 2020 isn’t until 4th October.

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