Could China be F1's first 2020 race as Shanghai track reopens

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From the first 2020 race to be postponed due to coronavirus, could the Chinese Grand Prix now be favourite to hold the season opener?

As the country starts to emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak, last week, the Shanghai International Circuit opened its doors for the first time since February.

According to The Race, the track held a Porsche corporate event though access remained limited and no public was allowed into the grandstands.

Still, it is understood the circuit may hold its first race weekend at the end of June, with the Chinese GT championship reportedly considering an event on June 26, though that has yet to be confirmed.

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If that is the case, however, it may well make China the most viable destination for an F1 race, as those Grands Prix currently scheduled for June and July appear likely to be called off.

Of course, that would be dependent on the coronavirus situation in Europe, whether teams could travel to Shanghai, with visas needing to be organised etc. and also how quickly organisers can prepare.

It has been suggested F1 bosses were targeting a new date in October for the Chinese GP, though it would require other races to likely move to accommodate it.

A winter Grand Prix in Shanghai, however, is not possible.