Another Asian addition to the 2004 season, once again designed by Hermann Tilke was the Shanghai circuit. The layout is based on the Chinese sign of 'Shang' meaning 'rising' and has been constructed on thousands of polystyrene blocks in swampy land. It has a contrasting blend of fast-flowing turns and some tricky, slow sections. The venue boasts one of the largest and most impressive paddock facilities on the calendar. A fast, sweeping section mid-way through the lap challenges the drivers to keep their right foot pinned down and extract the most from their machinery on the all-important qualifying lap. The circuit has hosted some dramatic races in its eleven-year history. Michael Schumacher pulled off a brilliant victory in wet conditions in 2006 while Lewis Hamilton saw his title hopes fade in 2007 when he got beached in a gravel trap entering the pit-lane. Nico Rosberg claimed his first pole position and race victory here in 2012 for Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
Circuit length 5.451 km
Race distance 305.066 km
2013 race winner Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Race Strategy Briefing
Shanghai has been won on strategy many times. It is all about getting the front tyres at the optimum temperature, especially for qualifying. The front tyres are the limiting factor at this circuit, where the race is usually held in cooler temperatures than Malaysia and Bahrain. The teams now have a good knowledge of the Pirelli soft and medium tyres which will be used here.
The long main straight is going to sort out the teams’ power units, with the Mercedes engine cars expected to gain ground. However with 80% of the lap spent cornering, particularly the two long slow right handed corners, this will help Red Bull to gain back any ground lost on the straights.
In collaboration with James Allen
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01 Red Bull (22.246s)
02 McLaren (22.408s)
03 Sauber (22.734s)
04 Force India (22.764s)
05 Ferrari (22.776s)
06 Mercedes (22.968s)
07 Lotus (23.022s)
08 Toro Rosso (23.521s)
09 Williams (23.639s)
10 Caterham (23.677s)
11 Marussia (23.677s)
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
+7 Bottas, Hulkenberg
+5 Kobayashi, Gutierrez
+4 Sutil, Chilton
+3 Bianchi, Perez
+1 Ricciardo, Grosjean
-2 Button, Kvyat, Hamilton, Magnussen
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of Lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane.
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1.
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact.
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after.