2009 Chinese Grand Prix

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Who will win the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix?

Poll ended at 19 Apr 2009, 01:26

Jenson Button
28
33%
Rubens Barrichello
8
10%
Lewis Hamilton
5
6%
Heikki Kovalainen
0
No votes
Timo Glock
4
5%
Jarno Trulli
5
6%
Felipe Massa
6
7%
Kimi Raikkonen
8
10%
Fernando Alonso
3
4%
Nico Rosberg
3
4%
Robert Kubica
7
8%
Sebastien Vettel
6
7%
Other (Specify in thread)
1
1%
 
Total votes: 84

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2009 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by Fergie1 » 08 Apr 2009, 01:26

[center]2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX


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The 2009 Chinese Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race scheduled to be held on April 19, 2009 at the Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It will be the third race of the 2009 Formula One season.

The Chinese Grand Prix moves from the end to the beginning of the season for 2009. Lewis Hamilton secured race victory last year for McLaren, with his predecessor as World Champion Kimi Räikkönen securing victory for Ferrari in 2007. Renault's Fernando Alonso and Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello are the other former race winners in the field. To date, the Chinese GP has never been won by the same driver twice.

Jenson Button of Brawn GP leads the Drivers' Championship by 5 points from team-mate Rubens Barrichello and by a further 1.5 points from Jarno Trulli of Toyota. Brawn GP lead Toyota by 8.5 points in the Constructors' Championship. Renault and BMW Sauber are a further 12.5 points back in joint 3rd place. Only two teams, Force India and Ferrari are yet to score points.

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Shanghai
Race Date: 19 Apr 2009
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.451 km
Race Distance: 305.066 km
Lap Record: 1:32.238 - M Schumacher (2004)


2008 Results
1 - Lewis Hamilton
2 - Felipe Massa
3 - Kimi Raikkonen
4 - Fernando Alonso
5 - Nick Heidfeld
6 - Robert Kubica
7 - Timo Glock
8 - Nelson Piquet


Previous Winners
2008 - Lewis Hamilton
2007 - Kimi Raikkonen
2006 - Michael Schumacher
2005 - Fernando Alonso
2004 - Rubens Barrichello


Fri 17 April 2009
Friday Practice 1 03:00 - 04:30
Friday Practice 2 07:00 - 08:30

Sat 18 April 2009
Saturday Practice 04:00 - 05:00
Qualifying 07:00

Sun 19 April 2009
Race 08:00

All times in BST (GMT + 1)

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Just over a week until FP1, so first talking points are, can Button (wins), Kovalainen (first lap retirements) and Ferrari (non scores) make it 3 in a row? Will the race have more overtaking compared to the rather poor 2008 race.
Discuss. :p
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Post by HandoZiZle » 08 Apr 2009, 02:03

I think Button can certainly win but it'll be alot harder depending on the weather. I expect better fight between Brawn GP vs both Toyota drivers vs Red Bulll. Also, FERRARI WILL GET A PODIUM IN CHINA!!!! I just hope this race doesn't end behind the safety car :pray: .
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Post by I Love Crashes » 08 Apr 2009, 03:31

Hopefully this will be a good race. We need Ferrari to make an amazing comeback and fight with Brawn GP, Red Bull and toyota! Can't wait!!!
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Post by Zack » 08 Apr 2009, 05:23

Jenson Button will win :zz: ..i don't expect any radical change in top order!
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by lealjaime » 08 Apr 2009, 05:54

same here no big changes on ferrari mclaren or renault more less same history
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by AzShadow » 08 Apr 2009, 06:40

It's hard to believe that there'd be any changes since there aren't any major developments coming out yet. Though there's been rumors around that McLaren would have a new diffuser in China in case the appeal fails.
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by Zack » 08 Apr 2009, 07:08

Certainly, i expect Mclaren to be first team to introduce new upgrades or updates ..because Mclaren had indication of their weak pace before Brawn arrive.While Ferrari - BMW got heart attack from Brawn :lol:
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by phil1993 » 08 Apr 2009, 07:13

I can't see anything except another strong weekend by Brawn, Toyota and Rosberg meaning that the rest will scrap for the final points

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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by swca92 » 08 Apr 2009, 08:10

KERS will be more important here on that massive back straight, so Ferrari may be stronger here. Brawn should win with Button barring bad luck or unreliability, they're quicker than anyone else and China's a technical track which favours car performance over driver input.

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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by Rachael The Great » 08 Apr 2009, 09:14

Jenson Button will win. Definately.
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by Jaguar » 08 Apr 2009, 09:53

Another Brawn GP - Jenson win but as everything is possible these days and in case McLaren's updates worked well as they're getting so many upgrades/updates i believe Lewis might be there somwehere ... and as many already replied a Brawn - Toyota - Williams - Red Bull fight will be tight i'd agree with it ... Ferrari crew is upset and furious i read a topic about it today , all are upset because of 2x races with empty hands at the end ... KERS will be the "Joker card" at China in Malaysia we've seen kers users going fast on dry conditions and during the race we've seen heavy alonso holding back cars like Kimi , webber and glock but not for a long time ... so we have some questions to ask :

1- Will Ferrari do the same mistake on Q1 ? :P
2- Will Heiki retire on the 1rst lap or do a miracle and spin out on 2nd lap xD
3- Who will use kers and who won't ...

Many statistics to study and predict for the next race but as everyone knows everything is possible we might see a double DNF for Brawn for example :P

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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by Totopupu » 08 Apr 2009, 10:34

I think Raikkonen and Massa will be on podium because the Ferrari has a good potential
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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by phil1993 » 08 Apr 2009, 10:54

Time for an assessment!

McLaren- their confidence will be rock bottom, but Hamilton will forget that when he gets in the car. He has driven through the field in both races and the KERS on the McLaren is the best on any of the cars, and he can utilise this down the long back straight, however, at another track with fast corners, this will hurt in terms of Aerodynamics, so McLaren will again be lucky if they score points

Ferrari - Yes, they have KERS but they also had it in Malaysia and it wasn't working well. Cooler temperatures in China should aid their cause but they need a good result here. Raikkonen's pace at Sepang was promising in terms of point-scoring ability, but their strategical errors and lack of pace behind Brawns and Toyotas mean that it will be difficult for them to reach the podium

BMW: kubica has still yet to score and judging by the car's performance last weekend, it doesnt look like this is the sort of track that will enable him to break that duck. Heidfeld can produce a good race in bad cars though, as seen throughout his career and as seen in Sepang. Kubica, like Hamilton, has never driven a bad car.

Renault: - Piquet will still be hopeless, although Fernando can drive the wheels off of anything. Expect Nelson to say 'the track doesn't suit us' again and the car is very very bad, worse than the R28, so points looks unlikely

Toyota: Their pace is very good, and traditionally they have gone well at China, so expect them to be the team to challenge Brawn, if not beat them.

Red Bull: Their performance was very impressive at Sepang and there is no reason that cannot continue, especially considering Vettel doesnt have a penalty.

Toro Rosso: They too have gone well at Shanghai in the past, although with Buemi and Bourdais they may well just spend the race trundling around the 13th and 14th place positions

Williams: With Rosberg leading on merit, he should again do well as his confidence is quite high, however, Williams' weak link is a certain Japanese driver...

Brawn GP: Hat-trick? The only thing that will stop this happening is reliability, or rather, lack of it...

Force India: Erm, last?

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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by harrisv48 » 08 Apr 2009, 12:02

No more safety car I won't clear full race....Please :<>:

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Re: 2009 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Post by Kirstie005 » 08 Apr 2009, 12:39

Since brawn has kinda dominated the past 2 races it would be good to get one of last years main teams up top again, I mean I really don't like ferari but I don't like it when it's predictable, which is what it's gonna be if people don't start doing better :/
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