How to get the most out of your trackside experience at Shanghai International Circuit for the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024.
- The 2024 Chinese Grand Prix takes place on April 19-21
- Tickets are sold out via our supplier Grand Prix Tickets
- Paddock Club Ticket Packages are on sale via F1 Experiences
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Shanghai’s circuit is an impressive facility, capable of accommodating around 200,000 fans. The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix made history as the 1000th Formula 1 race since the advent of the modern World Championship in 1950 and was a sell out for the first time since the inaugural race in 2004. Learn more about the trackside experience in China: 2019 Chinese Grand Prix Trip Report
China finally returns to the F1 calendar in 2024 after a five year absence. Only a limited number of tickets have been released so far, which sold out very quickly. China will stage the first of Formula 1’s six sprint races in 2024. The full weekend schedule for sprint races has not yet been confirmed for 2024, though the session times for qualifying, the sprint and the race proper in China have been announced and are listed below.
Shanghai Circuit: Access & Orientation
For more information on getting to the track, read the Getting There & Around section of this guide. If you have taken the metro to the circuit as we recommend, getting inside the circuit after you have alighted at the Shanghai Circuit metro stop is easy and the way is well signposted. The closest entrance is through Gate 1, behind the main grandstand. Gate 11 (behind grandstand K) is also just a few minutes walk from the metro station.
Need to Know: Shanghai International Circuit
- Free Friday? If you are attending for the first practice session and sprint shootout on Friday, China has operated a “Free Friday” policy in the past, where you can watch the action from any of the grandstands (you’ll still need a ticket to enter the track). It’s not yet known if “Free Friday” will return in 2024.
- Check the weather forecast: Rain is common in Shanghai on race weekend. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and be prepared before heading to the track, even if you have seats in one of the covered grandstands
- Entry Restrictions (Prohibited Items): In the past, there has been no restrictions on bringing in folding chairs (useful for general admission). Food and drinks in plastic bottles were also allowed , but alcohol was prohibited. Entry restrictions are TBC for 2024.
- Track Invasion: In the past, the organizers haven’t allowed fans on to the track after the race in China. If you don’t want to miss the podium celebrations after the race, you will need to have a seat in the Main grandstand.
- Taking the Metro: The metro can get very congested, particularly when leaving the circuit on Sunday after the race. Be patient or stay a little longer to avoid the peak crowds.
2024 Chinese Grand Prix Schedule
- On-Track Schedule: The full timetable for on-track action will not be available until 4-6 weeks before race weekend. This post will be updated.
- Sprint Race: Shanghai Circuit will host the first of six F1 Sprint events in 2024. F1 Session times are now confirmed and listed below.
- Support Categories: Not yet been announced for 2024, but in the past the FIA F4 Chinese Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia have both competed on race weekend
- Pit Lane Walk: Recent editions of the Chinese Grand Prix have not featured a pit lane walk on Thursday for regular ticket holders, though an autograph session with the drivers was previously been held on the Main Straight, next to the pit wall, from 16:00-17:00 on Thursday. TBC for 2024. F1 Experiences will not be doing an Exclusive PIt Lane Walk on Thursday at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix. Guests in the F1 Paddock Club can take part in daily pit lane walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, April 19
- 11:30-12:30: Formula 1 – Free Practice 1
- 15:30-16:14: Formula 1 – Sprint Shootout
Saturday, April 20
- 11:00-12:00: Formula 1 – Sprint Race
- 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 – Qualifying
Sunday, April 21
- 15:00-17:00: Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024 (56 laps or 2 hours)
Shanghai Circuit Facilities
The trackside facilities are generally good. Food and drink is not expensive by F1 standards, but still feels overpriced in such a cheap F1 destination (especially alcohol.) Fans have complained about both the lack of choice and the fact that there are just not enough places to buy food and drink. This lack of choice also applies to merchandise; there is a limited offer in China.