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Chinese Grand Prix

Circuit Shanghai.png
Chinese Grand Prix
Flag 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png
Circuit Shanghai International Circuit
Laps 56
Circuit length km 5.451
Circuit length mi 3.39
Race length km 305.066
Race length mi 191.12
Most wins driver 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello (1)
22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso (1)
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher (1)
22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen (1)
Most wins constructor 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari (3)
Current year 2007
Winner 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen
Winning team 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari
Winning time 1:37:58.395
Pole time 1:35.908
Pole driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton
Pole team 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes
Fastest lap 1:37.454
Fastest lap driver 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa
Fastest lap team 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari


The Chinese Grand Prix is a round of the Formula One World Championship, held towards the end of the season in October. It is currently held at the Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, designed by Hermann Tilke. It is the most expensive Formula One circuit facility, costing $240 million.

History

The vision of a Chinese Grand Prix started in the early 1990s. The Chinese government had originally planned for an F1 circuit to be located in the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province, southern China. The Zhuhai International Circuit was designed and built and was provisionally added to the 1999 F1 World Championship calendar, but the track failed to meet certain standards set by the FIA. However, the Chinese government did not give up and eventually, with assistance from the organisers of the Macau Grand Prix, held the first ever Formula One race in China in 2004.

In 2002, it was announced that the management of the Shanghai International Circuit had signed a 7 year contract with the Formula One Management to host the Chinese Grand Prix starting from the 2004 season until the 2011 season. The Chinese Grand Prix debuted on September 26, 2004, and was won by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. In the following year it hosted the final round of the Formula One championship in 2005, in which the newly crowned world champion Fernando Alonso won and claimed the constructor's title for Renault F1. In 2006, the Chinese Grand Prix was won by Michael Schumacher - his last victory in Formula One before he retired at the end of the season.


Winners of the Chinese Grand Prix

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2007 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Shanghai Report
2006 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Shanghai Report
2005 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso Renault Shanghai Report
2004 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Shanghai Report

Support races

Formula BMW Asia and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia have both supported the Chinese Grand Prix since 2004.


External links


Races in the Formula One championship:
2007 championship Grand Prix events:

Australian | Malaysian | Bahrain | Spanish | Monaco | Canadian | U.S. | French | British
German | European| Hungarian | Turkish | Italian | Belgian | Japanese | Chinese | Brazilian

Past championship Grand Prix events:

Argentine | Austrian | Dutch | Indy 500 | Las Vegas | Luxembourg | Mexican | Morocco
Pacific | Pescara | Portuguese | San Marino | South African | Swedish | Swiss | USA East | USA West

Confirmed future Grand Prix events:

Abu Dhabi | Korean | European | Singapore