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Chinese Formula One Grand Prix Preview

Chinese Formula One Grand Prix Preview

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Check out the preview for the Chinese Grand Prix Formula One race this weekend.
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Race Preview 
2014 CHINESE GRAND PRIX
 18 - 20 APRIL 2014
Following a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix and
last week’s test at the Sakhir circuit, what is
ast proving to be a fascinating 2014 FIA Formula One Championship resumes this eekend with round four, the Chinese Grand Prix. he Shanghai International Circuit, located
in the Jiading district of one of China’s most
ibrant cities, presents a markedly different set of challenges to those offered up in Bahrain. Gone is the high heat and the point
and squirt nature of the BIC’s layout.
Instead, Shanghai offers up cooler climes, wo long straights and a tough mix of slow, medium and high-speed corners, all of
hich test a team’s ability to find a good
balance for their cars. It is a layout that in the past has also given yres a good workout too
 –
 particularly rear yres. That issue is likely to be exacerbated by the torque available from the new power units and the reduced aerodynamic grip
available under this year’s regulations.
yre manufacturer Pirelli is, however, bringing its Medium and Soft compounds to Shanghai and it will be interesting to see hat effect this combination has on race strategies.
CIRCUIT DATA
 SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT Length of lap:
 5.451km
Lap record
1:32.238
(Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
Start line/finish line offset
 0.190km
Total number of race laps
56
Total race distance
305.066km
Pitlane speed limits
80km/h in practice, qualifying and the race
CIRCUIT NOTES
 Other than routine maintenance no changes have been made to the circuit since 2013.
DRS ZONES
 The DRS sectors at the Shanghai International Circuit will be as last
 
he race in Bahrain was again dominated by he Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Rosberg might have lost out
in the pair’s exciting battle to the flag bu
t the
German still leads the Drivers’ World
Championship and will be undoubtedly seeking revenge, and a repeat of his maiden F1 win here in China in 2012. Hamilton, meanwhile will be looking for a first-ever hat-rick of wins.
In the teams’ battle, Merc
edes lead the way rom Force India, whose excellent results rom the past two races have catapulted hem into previously unknown territory.
hey’ll surely be looking to stage a
Shanghai surprise this weekend to widen he gap between them and third-placed McLaren to more than the single point that currently separates the Mercedes-powered outfits.
year. The detection point of the first zone is at Turn 12 and the activation point is 752m before Turn 14. The
second zone’s detection point is 35m
before Turn 16, with activation occurring 98m after Turn 16.
 
Chinese GP Fast Facts 
► This will be the 11th running of
he Chinese Grand Prix, the race having joined the Formula One calendar in 2004.
► The first five editions of the
race took place towards the end of the campaign, with the 2005 race being the season-ending event. At that race, Renault
rapped up its first constructors’
championship title as a manufacturer thanks to Fernando
lonso’s win and Giancarlo Fisichella’s fourth place. The race
moved to the front end of the season in 2009 in an April slot hat has become now traditional or the event.
► The winner of the inaugural
race was Rubens Barrichello, who ook his ninth career victory in Shanghai for Ferrari. It would be
he Brazilian’s last win for five
ye
ars. Barrichello’s 10th win
came when driving for Brawn GP at the 2009 European Grand Prix in Valencia, some 1793 days after his Chinese GP win.
► Fernando Alonso and Lewis
Hamilton are the only multiple winners here. Alonso won the 2005 race for Renault and last
year’s event for Ferrari. Both of Hamilton’s wins to date have
been for McLaren, in 2008 and 2011.
► The other winners here are:
Michael Schumacher in 2006; Kimi Räikkönen in 2007; Sebastian Vettel In 2009; Jenson Button in 2010 and Nico Rosberg in
2012. Vettel’s win here was his
first for Red Bull Racing, while
Rosberg’s was, of course, his
maiden GP victory.
► Rosberg’s 2012 victory was Mercedes’ first grand prix win as
a manufacturer since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix when Juan Manuel Fangio took victory ahead of Piero Taruffi, also driving for the three-pointed star.
► Ferrari are the most successful
constructors at this race, with four
victories (Barrichello ’04, Schumacher ’06, Räikkönen ’07 and Alonso ’13). McLaren are the Italian squad’s clo
sest rivals, with
three wins (Hamilton ’08 and ’11 and Button ’10). Renault, Red Bull
Racing and Mercedes have one win each.
► Five of the 10 events held so
far have been won from pole position
 –
 
in 2004, ’05, ’08, ’09 and 2012. Michael Schumacher’s
2006 win was from the furthest back on the grid so far. The Ferrari driver started sixth.
► The pole position man has only
failed to finish on the podium twice in the 10 runnings to date. Sebastian Vettel finished sixth in 2010 and in 2007 Lewis Hamilton famously crashed out at the pit lane entrance.
► None of this year’s rookies
have any experience of the Shanghai International Circuit. However, when Marcus Ericsson takes to the track on Friday he
won’t be the first Swede to turn
laps here. Back in 2004, Björn Wirdheim was a test driver for Jaguar Racing. The racer from the town of Växjö, took part in both Friday sessions for the team, recording the 12th fastest lap in the morning session and the 17th best time in the afternoon, three seconds down on fastest man  Anthony Davidson, who was testing for BAR-Honda.
Chinese GP Race Stewards Biographies
DR GERD ENNSER
MEMBER OF THE
DMSB’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR
UTOMOBILE SPORT, FORMULA ONE AND DTM STEWARD
Dr Gerd Ennser has successfully combined his formal education in law ith his passion for motor racing. While still active as a racing driver he began helping out with the management of his local motor sport club and since 2006 has been a permanent steward at every round of
Germany’s DTM championship. Since 2010 he has also been
a Formula One steward. Dr Ennser, who has worked as a judge, a prosecutor and in the legal department of an automotive-industry company, has also acted as a member of the steering committee of German motor sport body, the DMSB, since spring 2010, where he is responsible for automobile sport. In addition, Dr Ennser is a board
member of the South Bavaria Section of ADAC, Germany’s biggest
auto club.

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