Well, at least the sport won’t be hit with another cancellation – just yet – this season, with reports from the People’s Republic confirming that the venue for this year’s Chinese Grand Prix has passed its latest FIA safety inspection.
This year’s event in April was only provisionally posted on the series’ official calendar released by the FIA, pending an inspection by the sport’s governing body to approve recent works carried out at the Shanghai International Circuit, the Hermann Tilke-designed facility which has played host to the Grand Prix since 2004.
We had reported that the FIA had demanded major works to the venue – built entirely on reclaimed swamp land on the outskirts of the city – to improve track subsidence and the circuit’s drainage.
Event promoters had subsequently also penned a new seven-year contract extension to keep the race in China, and the FIA’s safety delegate, Charlie Whiting, has just finished his inspection of the upgrades and issued a new license.
Promoter Juss Event Management has confirmed to the Shanghai Daily newspaper that the license is valid for the next three years.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]