The Shanghai International Circuit is located in Jiading, near Shanghai – China, and is a top quality motor racing venue. Over the years, the circuit has been host to an array of motorsport including the GP2 Asia Series, A1 Grand Prix, MotoGP, V8 Supercars and of course; the Formula One.
The first F1 Chinese Grand Prix race to take place was in September 2004 when Rubens Barrichello in Ferrari crossed the finish line first. Since this inaugural meet, the Chinese Grand Prix has been a feature event on the Formula One Championship Series every year.
The circuit cost about USD$450 million to build which was financed by a government-funded joint-venture company, taking a little under 18 months to construct, and was designed by the well known Hermann Tilke. It is 5.451 kilometres in length, and along with some of Tilke’s other circuits has a long back straight immediately followed with a tight hairpin turn, and consists of 16 turns.
The circuit structure is based on the Chinese symbol ‘shang’ which stands for ‘high’ or ‘above’, and is the first character in the name of the city of Shanghai.
The current lap record for the F1 Chinese Grand Prix is 1.32.238, set by Michael Schumacher back in 2004, when he was racing in Ferrari. Since the meets first run, there have been no repeat wins by any drivers, however Ferrari have won as constructors three times.
The 2010 F1 World Championship Season
Grand Prix Name: Chinese Grand Prix
Race Date: 16th – 18th March 2010
Round Number: Four
Number Of Laps: 56