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2018 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-up, Grid & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 14, 2018 - 05:16 PM
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2018 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-up, Grid & Race Preview

By Mike Sulka

The Formula One fraternity will line-up for round three at the Shanghai International Circuit for the 2018 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 four of the previous eight different winners will line-up for Sunday's event, only Lewis Hamilton - four - and Fernando Alonso - twice - have ever won this event multiple times.

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 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 Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel who claimed his 52nd Pole during the qualifying session. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) will also line-up on the front row.

Which brings us to our stat of the day, with 14 Grand Prix in Shanghai only twice (Jenson Button - 2010 - from 5th, Michael Schumacher - 2006 - from sixth) has a driver won a Chinese Grand Prix starting worse than third - otherwise every race has been won from the front three positions.

So how to pick a winner ? We are going to have to take Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) since he is the fastest driver on the ultrasoft Pirelli compound. The Mercedes are as quick as the Ferrari on the soft compound and while Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas may stay close during the opening laps, after the first pitstop we'd expect the red cars to jet away.

Keep an eye on the mid-field tussles, and first turn chaos.

Enjoy the race!


2018 Chinese GP: Formula One Qualifying Results
15Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:32.1711:32.3851:31.09515
27Kimi RaikkonenFERRARI1:32.4741:32.2861:31.18217
377Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:32.9211:32.0631:31.62520
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:33.2831:31.9141:31.67517
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER1:32.9321:32.8091:31.79612
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER1:33.8771:32.6881:31.94812
727Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:33.5451:32.4941:32.53215
811Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:33.4641:32.9311:32.75813
955Carlos SainzRENAULT1:33.3151:32.9701:32.81918
108Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:33.2381:32.5241:32.85519
1120Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:33.3591:32.98613
1231Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:33.5851:33.0579
1314Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN RENAULT1:33.4281:33.23211
142Stoffel VandoorneMCLAREN RENAULT1:33.8241:33.50511
1528Brendon HartleySCUDERIA Toro Rosso HONDA1:34.0131:33.79515
1635Sergey SirotkinWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:34.0627
1710Pierre GaslySCUDERIA Toro Rosso HONDA1:34.1019
1818Lance StrollWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:34.2857
1916Charles LeclercSAUBER FERRARI1:34.4549
209Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI1:34.9149

Q1 107% time - 1:38.622

Note - Ericsson penalised five grid places for ignoring yellow flags in qualifying.

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