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2019-01-24 09:47

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Liberty Media is looking to add a second Chinese race to the Formula 1 calendar.

A race in the important Chinese market was introduced in 2004, and still takes place at the expansive circuit in Shanghai.

'Not in the short term'

But Murray Barnett, who is F1 Management's head of global sponsorship, says Liberty would like another race in China.

READ: Time is short to build new F1 circuit in Vietnam - Hermann Tilke

Xinhua news agency also said a dedicated F1 office in Beijing is another possibility.

"We would love to have a second race here. Probably not in the short term, given how congested the schedule is already, but we'd certainly love to figure out a way to have another grand prix here," said Barnett.

That is despite the fact that prominent F1 races in new markets including Korea and India fell apart. Liberty Media has inked a deal for a Vietnamese race in 2020.

Need to work harder

"We've learned what we did wrong in those races, and we're making sure we don't make the same mistakes again," said Barnett.

The Beijing office aside, Barnett says F1 needs to work harder in China to ramp up interest in the sport.

This week, it emerged that Chinese teenager Zhou Guanyu has secured a F1 development role with Renault.

"We'd love to see him (in F1). Ultimately, that's down to the teams, but I think even they recognise what a fantastic opportunity China is, and you never know, we might see him in F1 very soon," Barnett said.

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