Race Facts – Chinese Grand Prix

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Facts, background and history of the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix, which has been held at the Shanghai International Circuit since 2004.

Built at a cost of almost $500 million, the Shanghai International Circuit is located on the outskirts of Shanghai, one of the largest cities in the world with a 2013 population of 24 million. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke and was built on reclaimed marshland. The first race was held in 2004 and won by Rubens Barichello in a Ferrari. With a capacity of 200 000 spectators, the Shanghai circuit is the largest on the current Formula 1 calendar. But after drawing in excess of this number for the inaugural race weekend in 2004, attendances have never reached capacity since and are now approximately 140 000 for the whole weekend. In September 2017, the organizers of the Chinese Grand Prix signed a new 3-year contract with Formula 1 to guarantee the event until at least 2020.

Chinese Grand Prix: did you know?

  • Michael Schumacher recorded his last race victory at the Shanghai circuit in 2006. The Chinese Grand Prix was also the venue for the first victory of the Red Bull team (2009) and Nico Rosberg (2012).
  • The circuit layout is based on the Chinese ‘Shang’ (上) character , which means ‘to ascend’ and also gives Shanghai its name.
  • The circuit, comprised of a series of long straights (including the longest of any current F1 circuit) plus two 270 degree corners, is notoriously difficult on tires and brakes.
  • Lewis Hamilton is by far the most successful driver in Shanghai with five victories (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017).

Chinese Grand Prix Facts

Circuit NameShanghai International Circuit
Race first held2004
Track Length5.451km (16 turns)
Race Distance56 laps (305.066km)
Lap Record1:32.238, Michael Schumacher (Ferrari, 2004)
2017 result1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:37:36.158
2nd Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) + 6.250s
3rd Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +45.192s
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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Andi says:

    Do you know if there is a pitlane walk on Thursday?

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