2019 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

This weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix marks the 1000th F1 race in the history and F1 is gearing up to celebrate this grand milestone in Shanghai in its own unique style. It is already the 3rd race weekend in this year’s championship races and we are still not sure about the pecking order, which is great for all of us F1 racing fans. Ferrari seem to have the outright pace advantage over all other teams, including Mercedes, but reliability and setup issues have caused them in Bahrain and Melbourne respectively. Will Ferrari get it right this time around in a track where traditionally it has been the Red Bull which has taken advantage of others’ misfortunes?

Shanghai International Circuit is located in the northern suburb Jiading and is known to offer a great spectacle for racing fans in China and also racing tourists from all over the world. With the Qualifying and race expected to be closer than previous years, knowing the history and statistics of this GP, we are sure to experience a tough battle between all the teams in Shanghai. As far as qualifying is concerned, in the last 10 races, the margin of winning has been over 0.3 seconds. But interestingly, in the last 4 races, the margin has been over 0.3 seconds only once; hence, we expect to see a closer battle in Qualifying between the top 3 teams with what we experienced in the first 2 races of this season. A closer qualifying and race is always exciting for fans and we expect the 1000th F1 race weekend to throw some special surprise overall.

Shanghai F1 circuit has an interesting mix of corners and long straights, making it challenging for drivers to get everything right from the get go. Shanghai GP is also one of the favorite destinations for F1 tourists mainly because of the fun and entertainment that the race and country have to offer. A mix of western and eastern cultures can be experienced here and even though it is not one of the easy traveling destinations for European tourists, it will be well worth it.

Ferrari need to overcome the reliability and setup issues soon and return strong so that we witness a tough battle at the front. Chinese GP is known to be one of the reliable race tracks, with over 16.5 drivers classified in the last 10 races. More than 15 drivers should classify this race weekend and we also expect a tough battle at the front, with Ferrari expected to get back to the top and Mercedes looking to stage a fight against them. Red Bull is also expected to be in the mix as they can spring a surprise out of nowhere. The mid field battle is also set to be closer than before, so we can expect a serious battle throughout the race.

Shanghai International Circuit - Stats

First race - 2004

Number of laps - 54

Lap distance - 5.451 Km

Race distance - 305.066 Km

Lap record - 1:32.238 set by Michael Schumacher in 2004