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China 2010 - Race information // Looking ahead to the Shanghai race, weather, predictions and more

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The fourth race of the season is looming large and we are off to the Shanghai International Circuit to see which car will be on form this weekend. So far we've had three different drivers over three different races - will we see a fourth?

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The weather

The long range forecasts suggest some rain, followed by a period of sunshine, with more rain to follow. At the moment, the sun seems to want to appear on Saturday, meaning we could be in for a wet race. There is a high chance this will change before the weekend though.

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The circuit

The circuit in Shanghai appears to be a case of form over function, as the track shape is pretty but it doesn't necessarily deliver in terms of racing. It's relatively new, and as usual, relatively spares in terms of a local fanbase as well.

Circuit Information
LocationShanghai International Circuit
TimezoneGMT +8
First Race2004
Total Grand Prix6
Laps56
Length5.451 km
Circuit Records
Pole Position1m 34.012sRubens Barrichello (Ferrari)2004
Fastest Lap1m 32.238sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Race Time1hr 29m 12.420sRubens Barrichello (Ferrari)2004
China Circuit Map
China Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation

Event schedule

An F1 weekend comprises of events spanning three days. Action begins on Friday and ends on Sunday.

Event Schedule
DaySessionStart Time (GMT +0100)Start Time (Local)
FridayFree Practice 103:0010:00
Free Practice 207:0014:00
SaturdayFree Practice 304:0011:00
Qualifying07:0014:00
SundayDrivers Parade06:3013:30
The Race08:0015:00

Support racing for this event includes Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (GMT +0100)Time (Local)Attendees
Thursday08:0015:00Sébastien Buemi
Lewis Hamilton
Michael Schumacher
Adrian Sutil
Friday05:0016:00Éric Boullier
Colin Kolles
Adam Parr
Peter Sauber
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

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