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China and Bahrain may swap dates next season

Formula 1 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 revealed on Thursday. China is currently penciled 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 2018 season is due to start in Australia on March 25. 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...
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