From gear changes to corner speeds, our track guide is the home of F1 geekery.
Swot up on the stats and facts ahead of the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix.
|Track name||Shanghai International Circuit|
|Track length||5.451km/3.387 miles (10th longest track of the year – longest: Spa-Francorchamps, shortest: Monaco)|
|2016 pole position||Nico Rosberg 1m35.402s|
|2016 fastest lap||Nico Hulkenberg 1m39.824s (lap 48)|
|Lap record||1:32.238s (Michael Schumacher, 2004)|
|Distance to Turn One||380m/0.236 miles (longest of season: Barcelona, 730m/0.454 miles)|
|Longest straight||1.17km/0.727 miles (longest of the season)|
|Top speed||340km/h/211mph mph, on the approach to Turn 14 (fastest of season: Monza, 350km/h/217mph)|
|Full throttle||55 per cent|
|Fuel consumption||1.7kg per lap, which is average for the season|
|Gear changes||51 per lap/2856 per race|
Getting the front tyres to switch on. The number of long corners around the lap means the circuit lends itself to understeer.
How to tell when a driver's really on it
Listen to the engine revs at the entry to Turn 1, a 270-degree right-hander. If a driver is pushing hard, he’ll turn into the corner flat-out in eighth gear, at more than 300km/h (186mph).
Trickiest bits for the driver
Slowing the car through Turn 1. Corner entry is taken at 300km/h (186mph) and the cars are doing just 50km/h (31mph) at the apex. To scrub off speed, the drivers are balancing the car with approximately 20 bar of brake pressure and 20 percent throttle.
In previous years this has been a high downforce track, but this year’s regulations will encourage teams to run less downforce in order to maximise straight-line speed along the long 1.17km back straight.
Low. The asphalt is smooth and it’s also relatively cool, due to localised smog reducing its exposure to sunlight.
Red Supersoft, yellow Soft and white Medium compounds.
Medium. There are eight braking zones around the lap, but the long straights cool the brakes.
Medium. The cars spend long periods at maximum revs, but the relatively cool ambient temperatures help to keep temperatures under control.
Tips if you're a gamer
As was the case in Melbourne last time out, maximising the performance of the front axle is crucial to lap time. It’s difficult to keep the tyres in their operating window because they are cooled along the long straights and the two 270-degree right-hand corners on the lap only work the left-hand tyres. Graining is a high possibility as a result.