China and Bahrain may swap places on 2018 Formula One calendar due to national holiday

  • Formula One is confident that China will have a race next season 
  • The grand prix in Shanghai may end up swapping dates with Bahrain 
  • China is currently pencilled in to host the second round of the season
  • That date coincides with China’s Qingming three-day national holiday

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Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook One is confident China will have a race next season but the grand prix in Shanghai may end up swapping dates with Bahrain, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said on Thursday.

 

China is currently pencilled in as the second round of the season, subject to confirmation of a new contract, on April 8 with the race at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit on the following weekend.

The season is due to start in Australia on March 25.

The current Shanghai race weekend coincides with China's Qingming national holiday

The current Shanghai race weekend coincides with China’s Qingming national holiday

However 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.

That could reduce the crowd and lessen the overall impact in a country that Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media have identified as a key growth area.

‘We are trying to take into account global events, local events, religious holidays and things to ensure that… we’re maximizing the opportunity for fans to attend the grands prix,’ Bratches told Reuters.

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