UBS Chinese Grand Prix

Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai International Circuit

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Some grandstands don't fill up...

  • Date: 17th April
  • Length: 5.451km
  • Laps: 56
  • Lap Record: 1.32.238 (M Schumacher, 2004)
  • 2010 winner: J Button
  • 2010 pole sitter: S Vettel
  • What happened in 2010: Button once again mastered tricky conditions to win
  • Memorable moment: Lewis Hamilton sliding into the pit lanegraveltrap in2007

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The Shanghai International Circuit was designed as the race circuit for the new millennium. And the modern track, with its stunning architecture, has achieved its goal of becoming China's gateway to the world of Formula One racing.

Circuit architects Hermann Tilke and Peter Wahl on their creation: “The 5.4 kilometre racing track is shaped like the Chinese character 'shang', which stands for 'high' or 'above'. Other symbols represented in the architecture originate from Chinese history, such as the team buildings arranged like pavilions in a lake to resemble the ancient Yuyan-Garden in Shanghai. Here, nature and technology are carefully used to create harmony between the elements.”

Not only is the course remarkable for its change of acceleration and deceleration within different winding turns, making high demands on the driver as well as the car, but also for its high-speed straights. These offer crucial overtaking opportunities and give an intense and exciting motorsport experience to the spectators. The Main Grandstand with 29,000 seats provides a spectacular view of almost 80 percent of the circuit.

Date: 10th April

Length: 5.543km

Laps: 56

Lap Record: 1.34.223 (J Montoya, 2004)

2010 winner: S Vettel

2010 pole sitter: M Webber

What happened in 2010: Vettel got the jump on Webber at the start and swept to victory

Memorable moment: A rainstorm in 2001 sent both Ferraris sliding off the track but they went on to win comfortably