If you are planning to walk from the pit garage nearest to Turn 1 to Race Control, best to take a bag with something to eat and drink: it’s the longest walk on the F1 calendar.
The Shanghai International Circuit is so big it’s as though the measurements on the plan were written in centimetres, but were eventually built in inches. The Chinese Grand Prix has been held since 2004, joining the Formula 1calendar the same year as Bahrain.
F1 had thus landed in the most populous country on the planet, specifically in the Shanghai megalopolis, one of the most dynamic and lively cities since the start of the new millennium.
The New Chinese GP
China was a new frontier for the F1 circus, a new place, a new culture, a new audience, a society evolving as rapidly as our own sport.
Two Zeppelin-like structures straddle the track between the building above the pits and the main grandstand and looking down from one of them makes the cars seem about the size of a slot racing model car.
The facility is a testament to the spending power of this fast growing nation. The track itself features a very long 1300 metre straight and the long corners put a lot of strain on the tyres.
The 2019 Chinese GP was won by Lewis Hamilton, with pole going to Valtteri Bottas.