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China 2013 - Race information - Everything you need to know about the Chinese Grand Prix

Published by Christine

The slightly unsettling three week break is over and Formula One is set to return to our screens for the Chinese Grand Prix, the third race of the 2013 season. We've seen all sorts in just the two events we've had so far, from relationships crumbling, cars failing, to rookie drivers doing well, and very few penalties given out. Now the action moves on to Shanghai, where there will be more updates on the cars, and the drivers will be keen to get back behind the wheel.

Event schedule

All eyes are on Red Bull this weekend, as their drivers get back into action after falling out big time in Sepang. Vettel is unrepentant, and the team orders debate rages as strong as ever. Meanwhile, McLaren are hoping improvements to their car will boost their speed, whilst Force India have their fingers crossed that the pit stop problems don't make a comeback this weekend in China.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
12 AprFridayFree Practice 103:00
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Free Practice 207:00
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13 AprSaturdayFree Practice 304:00
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14 AprSundayGrand Prix08:00
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Support racing for this event includes Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

The weather

Rather than keeping our eyes firmly on the skies, this weekend promises to be mostly sunny with the odd cloud or two appearing in the skies. Naturally, there will be some smog and pollution cover, so the sun may struggle to be seen above the circuit, but equally, the forecasts don't mention any rain over the track either.


Shanghai, Friday


  • Low 11℃
  • Humidity 47%

Mostly sunshine


Shanghai, Saturday


  • Low 14℃
  • Humidity 51%

Partly cloudy


Shanghai, Sunday


  • Low 11℃
  • Humidity 59%

Partly cloudy

Circuit map

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DRS Zones
DRS detection 1on Turn 12
DRS activation 1752m before Turn 14
DRS detection 235m before Turn 16
DRS activation 298m after Turn 16

Last year's race in China had just the one DRS zone, and that one continues to be in use this year. Detection comes around the final swirling corner before the exceptionally long back straight. Activation is about a third of the way down that straight, ending in the hairpin.

For 2013, a second DRS zone has been added, with a much tighter detection/activation split - the pair coming just before and after the final corner. DRS is then activated for the majority of the home straight.

The circuit

Circuit information
CircuitShanghai International Circuit
TimezoneGMT +08:00
Race debut2004
Length5.451 km
Distance305.066 km
Line offset0.190 km

The entire facility is full of symbolism and the layout of the circuit itself is designed in the shape of a Chinese character. The paddock is peaceful and beautiful, mixing the team buildings with trees and water to provide some solitude. Out on track, there is no peace to be found with a storming 5km lap offering up one of the longest straights on the calendar, and some of the most complex corner layouts you’ll find the cars faced with.

The circuit can offer up some interesting overtaking opportunities, particularly with the long straight at the back of the grid. Flat out, in top gear, drivers speed along at well over 300 km/h before braking abruptly for the following hairpin. Managing the difference between roaring along in seventh gear, then dropping down to first can be the key factor in gaining a pole position, or overtaking the man in front during the race.

2012 Results
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:37.106Full results
Free Practice 2Michael SchumacherMercedes1:35.973Full results
Free Practice 3Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:35.940Full results
QualifyingNico RosbergMercedes1:35.121Full results
Grand PrixNico RosbergMercedes1:36:26.929Full results
Fastest LapKamui KobayashiSauber1:39.960

Tyre compounds

Chinese Grand Prix tyre selection
Medium and soft compounds

This soft and medium compounds were in action for the Chinese GP last year and Pirelli have decided to stick with the selection, bringing the white and yellow sidewalls to Shanghai. As ever, we've heard a lot of complaints about the tyres being so much softer this year, but Pirelli are confident the drivers will get on top of them soon. Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, had this to say about the next stop on the calendar.

China has often produced some of the best races of the year, where strategy has been at the forefront of the action... Shanghai is less aggressive on the tyres than the last round in Malaysia but we would expect to see the majority of competitors go for three stops although some may try two.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
Thursday15:00Romain GrosjeanLotus
Nico HülkenbergSauber
Sergio PérezMcLaren
Nico RosbergMercedes
Adrian SutliForce India
Mark WebberRed Bull
Friday16:00John BoothMarussia
Ross BrawnMercedes
Christian HornerRed Bull
Franz TostToro Rosso
Claire WilliamsWilliams
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed recently to include a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

FIA stewards
Mark BlundellFormer Formula One driver, CART racer and Le Mans 24 Hours winner.
Steven ChoppingFormer Vice President of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS), Chairman CAMS Judicial Advisory Committee, Permanent Chairman of the Stewards panel for the V8 Supercar Championship.
Garry ConnellyDeputy President of the FIA Institute, Director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety, F1 and WTCC Steward, and FIA World Motorsport Council Member.

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