Chinese Grand Prix Preview

For the 11th time, the F1 circus travels to downtown Shanghai, as we head to China for the fourth round of the Formula One World Championship.

Two weeks on from the Bahrain Grand Prix, and another Mercedes win, we now move to China as once again the other F1 teams try to overturn Mercedes dominance. But can anyone catch the silver arrows? As back in Bahrain it was once again another dominance show from Mercedes, a thing we have grown accustom to with Red Bull.

But for Red Bull it’s a different story at the moment. After a poor pre-season, the team has achieved some good results in the three races so far this season but on Tuesday 15th April 2014, Red Bull had their appeal rejected by the FIA meaning Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix stands. Now as the teams head to China, Red Bull will have to put the rejected appeal behind them.

Over at Ferrari they were in the news for other reasons on 14/04/14 as Stefano Domenicali stepped down as Ferrari team principal, a role he has held since replacing Jean Todt ahead of the 2008 season. Marco Mattiacci, currently president and CEO of Ferrari North America will replace Domenicali as team principal.

The track in Shanghai will show the benefits of most of the cars on the grid, in my opinion. This is because the turn one-two complex is a challenging corner for a car, if it is struggling with downforce but a car like the Red Bull, which has stronger downforce will cope more easily with the corner. This is the same for the middle sector as the high-speed corners will need a planted car for the driver to feel comfortable pushing to the most. Then we move on to the back straight. Here the cars with the better power unit package will strive as they will be able to hit higher speeds and the last half of this straight will also be the DRS zone giving them even more of an advantage.

Some extra information about the race:

  • The race will consist of 56 laps
  • The track is 5.451 km long
  • Race Distance is 305.066 km
  • The lap record was set by Michael Schumacher whilst at Ferrari in 2004 with a lap time of 1:32.238
  • Last years pole was set by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) with a time of 1:34.484
  • Last years race was won by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
  • For this race Pirelli will be bringing the medium and soft tyres for any dry running.

Despite the race being a mid-afternoon race for the locals in Shanghai, in the UK it is another early morning if you wish to watch the race live. This race will be broadcasted live exclusively on SkySportsF1, who will also be running replays of every session if you would prefer not to have to wake up early to catch the action as it happens. TV times for every session can be found below:

Thursday 17th April

8:00am – Drivers’ Press Conference – Live!

Friday 18th April

2:45am – Chinese GP Practice One – Live!
6:45am – Chinese GP Practice Two – Live!
9:00am – Team Principals’ Press Conference – Live!
11:00am – The F1 Show – Live!
12:00pm – Chinese GP Practice One – replay.
2:05pm – Chinese GP Practice Two – replay.
8:00pm – The F1 Show – replay.

Saturday 19th April

3:45am – Chinese GP Practice Three – Live!
6:00am – Chinese GP Qualifying – Live!
10:00am – Chinese GP Qualifying replay.
2:00pm – Chinese GP Qualifying replay.
4:45pm – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook.

Sunday 20th April

6:30am – Chinese GP – Track Parade – Live!
7:00am – Chinese GP – Build up – Live!
8:00am – Chinese GP – Race – Live!
10:30am – Chinese GP – Paddock Live!
2:30pm – Chinese GP – Replay.
7:45pm – Chinese GP Highlights.