Formula 1 has made a proposal for China to hold two races at the Shanghai International Circuit in 2020, with a government decision yet to be taken.
China was the first of seven races on this year’s original 22-race calendar to be called off due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
F1 chiefs have finalised the opening eight races of the revised schedule – all be held in Europe – and have held crunch talks with promoters to determine the outlook of the remaining races.
The fluidity of COVID-19 means there is a plan to run more races in Europe if restrictions on travel for flyaway events remain in place.
Mugello and Imola have been rumoured to be interested in a 2020 slot, with Portugal’s Algarve circuit also negotiating a potential race deal.
F1 owners Liberty Media are discussing with Chinese Grand Prix officials about the situation, where an offer of back-to-back races is on the table.
Speaking to Shanghai People’s Radio, the city’s Sports Bureau Director Xu Bin said: “International sport organisations care a lot about these world-class sport events in China and Shanghai.
“Despite a lot of changes of our events due to the pandemic, we have received support from international sport organisations and national associations for some of our events.
“We would be allowed to hold the events in Shanghai at a suitable time in the second half of the year, depending on the situation of the pandemic.”
Asked if a double-header was feasible, Mr Xu added: “No decision has been made yet. It’s proposed by FOM.
“F1 has announced they will resume the opening eight European races, without any round in Asia. The event originally scheduled…has been postponed to the second half of the year.
“During the discussion, FOM asked whether we could host two races in Shanghai. It’s not been decided. It will depend on the situation of pandemic.”