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Shanghai, China

  • Circuit type Race
  • Circuit Length 5.451kms
  • Circuit Turns 16
  • Circuit Direction Clockwise
  • Capacity 200,000
  • Established 2004
  • Designer Hermann Tilke
Shanghai International Circuit diagram
Records and Statistics
Race Date Winner
First race Chinese Grand Prix September 26, 2004 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) full results
Last race Chinese Grand Prix April 14, 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) full results
Total races 10
Next race Chinese Grand Prix April 20, 2014

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Circuit Info

The new track in China was designed by the ubiquitous Hermann Tilke to be a circuit for the new millennium, with impressive spectator facilities and a media centre which spans the start finish straight - on opening it was billed as the venue all others should aspire to. It features Tilke's trademark long straight followed by a tight hairpin.

When it opened it was the most expensive F1 venue costing around US$459 million, funded by a government-backed joint-venture company. In September 2007, the former manager of the circuit Yu Zhifei was convicted of embezzlement in a corruption scandal which included several senior communist party officials who also lost their jobs.

Its shape is designed to look like the Chinese character 'Shang' which means high or above, and there are also other echoes of traditional Chinese architecture, including the team buildings set on stilts in the lake.

The land it sits on was formally swampland and had to be reclaimed before any building could begin; despite this, it was constructed in just 18 months with a team of 3000 engineers. The inaugural race in 2004 was won by Rubens Barrichello driving a Ferrari, and in 2006 the circuit saw Michael Schumacher's final grand prix victory before his retirement at the end of the season.

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April 16, 2010

The sun sets in Shanghai

April 16, 2010

The sun sets in Shanghai

April 15, 2010

Security at the Shanghai International Circuit

April 15, 2010

An empty pit lane at the Shanghai International Circuit

        

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