Next up on the F1 calendar is China. The Shanghai GP on April 14th. The Shanghai circuit was first used in F1. In 2004 and was built at the cost of US$240 million. It is 305.26km (56 laps) long and was the most expensive track of it’s time. The area was transformed from swampland to the international racetrack within 18 months with a team of 3000 engineers to build it. It holds a capacity of 200,000 souls 50,000 of which are seated and 29,000 are grandstand seats that view around 80 percent of the track. Formula1 cars can surpass 300 km/h (186 mph) on the long straight between corners 13 and 14.
The track layout was inspired from the Chinese character shang
(上) the first character in the name of the city Shanghai, meaning “above” or “ascend”. The first F1 driver to win the Shanghai GP in 2004 was Rubens Barrichello, and the quickest lap of this track easy set by Michael Schumacher in 2004 with s time of 1.32:238 on it’s debut. I think I can speak for all of us when I say, roll on China.
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