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Race information - China 2014 - Facts and figures for the fourth round of the F1 season

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Formula One this year is the Hamilton versus Rosberg show, and whilst the Mercedes domination is a concern, we've got a heck of a battle between these two stars. Their teammate track fight in Bahrain captivated F1 fans across the globe and was the icing on what was already a brilliant race cake. Now it's up to China to continue that trend and deliver something even better. No pressure!

Event schedule

Mercedes lead both the driver and constructor championships, but it's brilliant to see a shake-up in the order behind them. We've got Force India in second place in the standings, after an impressive third place podium finish for Sergio Pérez in the desert.

Red Bull lost out their fuel flow appeal, meaning Daniel Ricciardo's podium finish is still struck from the record books, and he's got a lot of work to do to recover those 18 points from Australia. However, he says it's motivating him to work harder, and this weekend he doesn't have a grid penalty hanging over his head.

Pastor Maldonado cannot say the same, as the Lotus driver will take a five place grid penalty from his qualifying position after causing Esteban Gutiérrez to flip over during the last race. The Mexican is thankfully unharmed and fit to race this weekend.

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

Expected conditions

Williams, in particular, were keen for a dry qualifying last weekend, and they got it - securing the second row on the grid. They may not be in for a repeat in China, as the weather forecasts suggest rain on all three days. Saturday also looks set to be the worst of the weekend, with showers and storms, whilst Friday and Sunday may at least have a chance of sunshine in amongst the precipitation.

Partly cloudy

Shanghai, Friday


  • Low 14℃
  • Humidity 72%

Partly cloudy

Occasional rain with a chance of storms

Shanghai, Saturday


  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 86%

Occasional rain with a chance of storms

Mostly cloudy

Shanghai, Sunday


  • Low 10℃
  • Humidity 73%

Mostly cloudy

Track information

Shanghai International Circuit circuit map
DRS zones
DRS detection 1At turn 12
DRS activation 1752m before turn 14
DRS detection 235m before turn 16
DRS activation 298m after turn 16

When the Shanghai International Circuit arrived on the calendar, it was a breath of fresh air with impressive facilities and a shiny new surface. Since then, the track has taken on an unloved look, and a covering of smog puts a bit of a dampener on things. However, there are a handful of overtaking opportunities around the track and the first corner provides a pretty impressive start to the lap.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, there are long straights with hairpins at the end, the extra-long back straight is a key passing point. The high speed sections and tight corners mean that the lap is heavy on braking, and the G forces are something that will challenge the drivers.

There's a 34% chance of the safety car coming out (according to Williams), whilst full throttle is expected to be 56% of a lap, with the lap time penalty for each 10kg of fuel should be about three tenths of a second. High downforce and good setup are key around this track.

Circuit history

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

The track is built on reclaimed marshland, making the circuit vulnerable to subsidence and meaning work has to be undergone constantly to shore up the track and resurface the tarmac. There haven't been any significant track changes, other than routine maintenance, since the race last year.

The race has been held ten times since its introduction in 2004, and there have been eight different winners. Only Fernando Alonso and Lewis Haimlton have been repeat victors, with Alonso taking the win in two different teams (Renault in 2005 and Ferrari in 2013). Ferrari have won four of the races, with McLaren taking victory at three.

Three of the ten victories have been secured by the driver that went on to win the championship, again it was Alonso in 2005, Hamilton in 2008, and the year before, Kimi Räikkönen in the Ferrari.

Results for the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix
Free Practice 1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:36.717
Free Practice 2Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:35.340
Free Practice 3Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:35.391
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:34.484
Grand PrixFernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:36:26.945
Fastest lapSebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:36.808

Tyre compounds

Chinese Grand Prix tyre selection
Medium and soft compounds

The tyres continue to play less of a role in the action so far this season, although in Bahrain we saw a great fight for the lead on drivers with different compounds bolted to their cars. This weekend, it's the medium and soft tyres on offer to the teams, with Pirelli hoping their selection will deal with the various demands of the Shanghai track effectively.

China is a circuit that has showcased the effectiveness of a good tyre strategy in the past, so the teams will be hoping to put their data from the first part of the season to good use and explore some of the strategy options available with our latest-generation P Zero tyres.

- 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
ThursdayFernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari
Esteban GutiérrezSauber F1 Team
Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing
Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team
FridayYasuhisa AraiHonda Motor Co. Ltd
Andy CowellMercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
Pat FryScuderia Ferrari
Rob WhiteRenault Sport Technologies
Charlie WhitingFédération Internationale de l'Automobile
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
Silvia BellotMember of the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation Board of Directors, FIA Women in Motorsport Commission Member, and FIA steward.
Gerd EnnserMember of the DSMB's Executive Committee for Automobile Sport, and a Formula One and DTM steward.
Adrián FernándezAdrián Fernández raced in the IndyCar series before and after its split with CART, to moderate success. He also raced hard in the ALMS and tried out some NASCAR races too. With experience of many types of motorsport, he switched to management, taking on fellow Mexican Sergio Pérez, as well as stewarding for the FIA during the 2014 F1 season.

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