Have all the important information for this weekend?óÔé¼Ôäós Chinese Grand Prix at your fingertips with the F1 Fanatic unofficial race programme:
2010 Chinese Grand Prix preview – Will Shanghai see our fourth different winner in as many races?
F1 championship standings before the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix – Felipe Massa leads the drivers championship but Feranndo Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are just two points behind. And Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica are all within nine points.
2010 Chinese Grand Prix discussion – Going to the Chinese Grand Prix? Find other F1 fans who are heading to Shanghai this weekend.
The Shanghai International Circuit is one of F1’s modern mega-venues. It can seat up to 200,000 and cost $350m to build.
The circuit has some unusual corners from the ever-tightening first turn, which sweeps through 270 degrees before twisting back on itself, to the crucial turns 12/13, the long right-hander which brings the cars onto the longest straight in Formula 1.
Being a modern venue it has copious run-off but the drivers can find a wall if they try hard enough – as Adrian Sutil found out last year. And there are gravel traps hidden in the most awkward spots – just ask Lewis Hamilton.
Rain could play a role for the third race in a row this weekend.
Cool weather and chance of rain in China – The Chinese Grand Prix has seen several wet races and rain is forecast again this Sunday.
Following the race live
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2009 Chinese Grand Prix highlights
Last year Red Bull scored their first win – and first one-two – as the RB5 excelled in a very wet race.
2010 Chinese Grand Prix review – Vettel leads Webber in Red Bull one-two.
Ferrari?óÔé¼Ôäós nightmare season continues – After three races without a point, Ferrari faced their worst start to a season since 1981.
Sutil crash costs Force India first point – Adrian Sutil ran sixth before crashing out in the rain.
Previous Chinese Grands Prix
Rubens Barrichello cruised to victory in the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix in 2004. The following the year race was the season finale, but it was disrupted by a loose drain cover which ended Juan Pablo Montoya’s race and helped Renault on their way to the constructors’ championship.
The wet 2006 race was the scene of Michael Schumacher’s final Grand Prix win to date.
Lewis Hamilton fared less well in damp conditions in 2007, delaying a tyre change too long and famously skidding into a gravel trap in the pit lane. Kimi Raikkonen scored a priceless win which set up his championship victory in the final round.
Hamilton bounced back to win in 2008. In a largely forgettable race the only other noteworthy event was the Ferraris swapping places in the closing stages for the benefit of Felipe Massa’s title effort. Here are the previous Chinese Grand Prix reports on F1 Fanatic:
2008 Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on cusp of title after dominant win
2007 Chinese Grand Prix: Raikkonen victory blows title race open
2006 Chinese Grand Prix: Schumacher win puts title leaders level on points
2005 Chinese Grand Prix: Renault claim constructors’ championship
2010 Chinese Grand Prix
- 2010 Chinese Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic review
- Ferrari deny Alonso-Massa rift
- Points for Petrov and first McLaren 1-2 since 2007 (Chinese GP stats and facts)
- Safety car spares Hamilton and Alonso’s blushes (Chinese Grand Prix analysis)
- Chinese Grand Prix fastest laps
- Chinese Grand Prix in pictures
- Webber loses out in safety car incident
- Button leads McLaren to one-two in wet race
- Hamilton’s pit lane dice with Vettel could cost him second (Update: no penalty)
- Button takes lead in title race – full points standings after China
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