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2014 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-up, Grid & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 19, 2014 - 03:48 PM
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2014 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-up, Grid & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The Formula One fraternity will line-up for round four of 19 expected at the Shanghai International Circuit for the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix. Formula One has been racing at Shanghai since 2004, with the first event being won by Rubens Barrichello in a Ferrari. Although six of the previous eight winners will line-up for Sunday's event, only Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso have ever won this event twice.

The track was build in 18 months on swampland in the shape of a Chinese Symbol and designed by F1 track designer Hermann Tilke. Most estimate that at the time this was the most expensive Formula 1 circuit ever built - $240 million. The circuit located nearly 30 km outside of Shanghai and has the capacity to hold over 200,000 spectators, but has never been close to being sold out.

The winning driver of the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix will complete 56 laps around the 16-turn 5.451km circuit for a total of 305.066km. Turns one through four are treacherous to start a race with a significantly decreasing radius that lures drivers into unimaginable lunges. While the track also has a banked entry onto the final long straight which will make for opportunities for those cars with working KERS systems and DRS (Drag reduction systems).

The pole sitter will be Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton who claimed his 34th career Pole during yesterday's qualifying session. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) will line-up second and third.

Which brings us to our stat of the day, over the the last three years only six times has a driver won a Grand Prix starting worse than third - otherwise every race has been won from the front three positions. That's six times in 61 Grand Prix (including the three wins in 2014), or an average of twice each year.

So how to pick a winner ? We are going to have to take Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) since he's had the hot foot in the hot car early in the year. Nico Rosberg would be a good pick to challenge him, but he's lining up fourth.

Should that pick fail us, might we see Daniel Ricciardo claim his first career victory... maybe ? But if that is in the cards, might Sebastian Vettel claim his first victory of the season ?

Keep an eye on the mid-field tussles, and first turn chaos. The tyre changes, DRS, and KERS are sure to keep the Chinese Grand Prix exciting right up until the very end.

Enjoy the race!

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2014 Chinese GP: Formula One Practice Qualifying Result
Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:55.516 1:54.029 1:53.860 21
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:56.641 1:55.302 1:54.455 23
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:55.926 1:54.499 1:54.960 23
4 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:56.058 1:55.294 1:55.143 22
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:56.961 1:55.765 1:55.637 21
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:56.850 1:56.757 1:56.147 24
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:56.501 1:56.253 1:56.282 24
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:55.913 1:56.847 1:56.366 23
9 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:57.477 1:56.584 1:56.773 23
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:58.411 1:56.407 1:57.079 22
11 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:58.279 1:56.860 17
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.783 1:56.963 17
13 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:57.261 1:57.289 18
14 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:58.138 1:57.393 17
15 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.369 1:57.675 17
16 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:58.362 1:58.264 17
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:58.988 10
18 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:59.260 10
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:59.326 10
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 2:00.646 10
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 2:00.865 10
DNQ 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault No Time 0

Q1 107% Time 2:03.602

Note - Maldonado failed to make 107% requirement, so races at stewards\' discretion. Drops 5 grid places as penalty for causing collision at previous round.



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