China GP © Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

This weekend the ninth edition of the Chinese Grand Prix tears up the Shanghai International Circuit in what is sure to be another unpredictable race. We've crunched the most important numbers to give you all the stats you'll need ahead of the starting flag…

 

200,000,000...

The 5.452km-long Shanghai International Circuit was designed by former touring car racer Hermann Tilke (he's also designed big overhauls of Hockenheimring, Circuit de Catalunya, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Nürburgring and Silverstone) and was built at a cost of £200,000,000 – the most that's ever been spent on a Formula One circuit.

 

2004...

The year of the first Chinese Grand Prix, which was won by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. In February 2011 the Shanghai International Circuit signed a new six-year contract with Formula One that keeps the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai until 2017.  

null© Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool \ Vettel sails past the grandstand

 

486...

The number of games that Shanghai's biggest sports star, 7ft 6in Yao Ming, played for the NBA's Houston Rockets. He was the first Chinese basketballer to enter the NBA Draft and he now owns his former club Shanghai Oriental Basketball Club. You won't be able to miss him if he's in attendance this weekend.

 

2...

The number of times Lewis Hamilton has won in China – more than any other driver. His first victory came in 2008, the second in 2011. In the Constructors' C hampionship, Ferrari and McLaren have both won three Chinese Grand Prix each. Renault engines have won twice – Alonso topped the podium in his first championship-winning season for Renault in 2005 and Vettel won for Red Bull Racing-Renault in 2009.

 

40,000...

The circuit sits on marshland and required 40,000 massive stone pillars to stabilise it. It's also situated in an industrial zone next to several factories, some of which make concrete. Because of the high concentration of dust particles in the air the circuit operates a special air filter – like they do in Hungary – to deal with the fine sand particles.

 

13,481,600...

These big numbers we're talking about in Shanghai. This figure above is the city's population -  a number that makes it the world's largest city by population. The province-level municaplity of Shanghai is home to a staggering 23,019,148. 

null© Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool \ Vettel in 2011

 

16...

The number of medium to low corners, which, in layman's terms, means the cars' engines will operate at relatively low revs for much of the lap. In spite of having one of the longest straights in Formula One – 1.3km between turns 13 and 14 – the tricky turns, curves and hairpins make it one of the most unpredictable races on the calender. Cars are at full throttle for 53 per cent of the lap.

 

20...

The race takes place at the start of Shanghai springtime and temperatures usually hover between the low teens and 20°C. It looks like there'll be some April showers for the drivers to contend with this weekend, which, added to the track's complicated layout, should make for another closely-fought battle.

 

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