Shanghai, the 2014 Chinese GP and the track with the longest straight currently in Formula One. Lewis Hamilton has won the last two GPs, but has never in his career won three in a row.The Shanghai International Circuit is a 5.451km long track with 16 corners. The race will be 56 laps long, giving a race distance of 305.256km, the second shortest race on the calendar, behind only Monaco.
The race will be the 901st F1 GP and the 11th Chinese GP. Five of the ten races so far have been won from pole position and one more race from second on the grid. The lowest grid position to win the race was Michael Schumacher in 2006, starting sixth. The second lowest is Jenson Button when he started fifth in 2010.
Eight different drivers have won the Chinese GP, and only two have won it two or more times. Those two are Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, both winning it twice. Ferrari are most successful in China, winning four times. The first race was won by Rubens Barrichello’s Ferrari and the last by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.
One more win for Lewis Hamilton would bring him up to 25 wins, equalling F1 legends Jim Clark and Niki Lauda.
The Silly Stats
There are over 1.3 billion people in China, if you gave every single person in China an F1 car (because why not) the train of cars would stretch 7,158,683.5 kilometres or 4,448,200 miles.
That is long enough to loop around the Sun one and a half times, or 179 times around the Earth.
The giant panda has a top speed, with full DRS and KERS, of around 32kph or 20mph, which means that it would take 10:13.237 to complete a lap of the Chinese GP staying at that speed.
As previously mentioned on Twitter, I will not be around at the weekend so there will be no stats tweeted and the post-race stats will be completed on Tuesday at the earliest.