Chinese GP Preview

After a change of race winner at the top step of the podium in Australia, how will the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes play out this weekend?

07/04/17

Track facts

  • Lap record: 1:32:238, Michael Schumacher, 2004
  • Laps: 56
  • Circuit length: 5.451km
  • Race distance: 305.066km
  • Corners: 16

History of the Chinese GP

China first held it’s first grand prix in 2004 along with Bahrain. The Chinese grand prix has had some unforgettable moments in the sport like in 2007 when Lewis Hamilton, in his debut year, came here with a chance to win the championship and on worn tyres got stuck in the gravel just meters from his pit box. In 2009, Red Bull took their first win here with Sebastian Vettel and back in 2012 Nico Rosberg took his and Mercedes’s first win since returning to the sport as a manufacturer.

Stats

  • Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello won the inaugural race back in 2004.
  • Michael Schumacher took his 91st and final GP win back in 2006 starting back in 6th place.
  • Eight of the 13 Chinese GPs have been won from pole.
  • Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver round here with 4 victories. He last win was back in 2015.
  • Mercedes and Ferrari are tied on 4 victories each round here. Ferrari’s last win was back in 2013 while Mercedes have won every race round here since 2012.

Giovinazzi is back

Antonio Giovinazzi will again race for Sauber as the replacement for Pascal Wehrlein. Giovinazzi replaced Wehrlein for the season-opener in Australia after Wehrlein  withdrew following a back injury sustained at the Race of Champions. Wehrlein may sit out the Bahrain GP as well if his injuries do not improve.

McLaren fear the worst

Eric Boullier admits McLaren-Honda’s weaknesses will be exposed at the Chinese GP. Boullier said “Long straights will likely expose the weaknesses in our package.” After a woeful start to 2017 having been hampered by reliability problems during winter testing, only Stoffel Vandoorne finished in Australia with Fernando Alonso retiring nearer the end of the race.

Malaysian Grand Prix dropped from calendar for 2018

The Malaysian Grand Prix will be the country’s last after 19 years on the Formula 1 calendar. Malaysia joined the F1 calendar in 1999, and both Formula 1 and SIC say they are determined to make this year’s event in October a fitting finale for the ground-breaking circuit.

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