CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Shanghai International Circuit
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CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Shanghai International Circuit
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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.

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POSDRIVERPTS
1Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport)413
2Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport)326
3Max Verstappen (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)278
4Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari)264
5Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari)240
6Carlos Sainz (McLaren F1 Team)96
7Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda)95
8Alexander Albon (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)92
9Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)54
10Sergio Pérez (SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team)52
11Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)49
12Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing)43
13Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda)37
14Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)37
15Lance Stroll (SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team)21
16Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)20
17Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing)14
18Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)8
19Robert Kubica (ROKiT Williams Racing)1
20George Russell (ROKiT Williams Racing)0
POSTEAMPTS
1Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport739
2Scuderia Ferrari504
3Aston Martin Red Bull Racing417
4McLaren F1 Team145
5Renault F1 Team91
6Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda85
7SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team73
8Alfa Romeo Racing57
9Haas F1 Team28
10ROKiT Williams Racing1