Can Ferrari do it again? Will Mercedes get back to the top? Or maybe even someone else will win the Chinese GP.
The Chinese GP circuit has the longest straight on the 2015 calendar and a 5.451km long lap. The race will have 56 laps giving a total race distance of 305.256km making it the second shortest track on the calendar behind only Monaco. Eight different drivers have won the Chinese GP in the previous 11 races, six from pole position and just one from second on the grid. Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver in China with three wins, but Ferrari are the most successful team with four.
Only two drivers have won in China more than once, Hamilton and Alonso, both have won the race with two different teams. Alonso won first with Renault and later with Ferrari, Hamilton won twice with McLaren and once with Mercedes. One more win would put Hamilton up to 35, the same number of wins as the entire Brabham team managed from 1962 to 1992.
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 with the last Chinese GP, I (probably) won’t be watching it live so no tweets during the race and no post-race stats until Tuesday at the earliest. I will instead be at Silverstone for the World Endurance Championship.