Chinese Grand Prix 2012, Shanghai - Race 3/20

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Shanghai

The Shanghai International Circuit was designed as the race circuit for the new millennium. And the modern track, with its stunning architecture, has achieved its goal of becoming China's gateway to the world of Formula One racing since it debuted on the calendar in 2004.

Circuit architects Hermann Tilke and Peter Wahl on their creation: “The 5.4 kilometre racing track is shaped like the Chinese character 'shang', which stands for 'high' or 'above'. Other symbols represented in the architecture originate from Chinese history, such as the team buildings arranged like pavilions in a lake to resemble the ancient Yuyan-Garden in Shanghai. Here, nature and technology are carefully used to create harmony between the elements.”

Not only is the course remarkable for its change of acceleration and deceleration within different winding turns, making high demands on the driver as well as the car, but also for its high-speed straights. These offer crucial overtaking opportunities and give an intense and exciting motorsport experience to the spectators. The main grandstand with 29,000 seats provides a spectacular view of almost 80 percent of the circuit.


Session Times

Fri 13 April 2012
Practice 1 03:00 - 04:30
Practice 2 07:00 - 08:30

Sat 14 April 2012
Practice 3 04:00 - 05:00
Qualifying 07:00

Sun 15 April 2012
Race 08:00


All live on Sky Sports F1. For BBC times and info see here - http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18378942


Track:

Track Diagram

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Track DRS

On back straight.


Circuit information

Circuit Name: Shanghai International Circuit
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.451 km
Race Distance: 305.066 km
Lap Record: 1:32.238 - M Schumacher (2004)


2011 Race Edit - http://www.formula1.com/video/race_edits/



Current Standings

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Team Preview

Pirelli - http://pitpass.com/45962-Chinese-GP-Preview-Pirelli
Lotus -
Williams - http://pitpass.com/45973-Chinese-GP-Preview-Williams
HRT - http://pitpass.com/45968-Chinese-GP-Preview-HRT
Mclaren - http://pitpass.com/45959-Chinese-GP-Preview-McLaren
Mercedes - http://pitpass.com/45958-Chinese-GP-Preview-Mercedes
Ferrari -
Caterham - http://pitpass.com/45957-Chinese-GP-Preview-Caterham
Marussia - http://pitpass.com/45961-Chinese-GP-Preview-Marussia
Red Bull -
Toro Rosso -
Sauber - http://pitpass.com/45960-Chinese-GP-Preview-Sauber
Force India - http://pitpass.com/45974-Chinese-GP-Preview-Force-India


Technical Changes

http://www.formula1.com/news/technical/


Weather Forecast

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News




Photos from the event

Thursday - http://www.formula1.com/gallery/race/2012/866/general/thursday.html

Friday - http://www.formula1.com/gallery/race/2012/866/general/friday.html

Saturday - http://www.formula1.com/gallery/race/2012/866/general/saturday.html

Sunday - http://www.formula1.com/gallery/race/2012/866/general/sunday.html


FIA Press Conference

Thursday - http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/4/13206.html

Friday - http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/4/13217.html

Saturday - http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/4/13224.html

Sunday - http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/4/13232.html


Practice 1
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps[/b]
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m37.106              7
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m38.116s  + 1.010   14
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m38.316s  + 1.210   14
 4.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.584s  + 1.478   13
 5.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m38.911s  + 1.805   12
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m38.977s  + 1.871   15
 7.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m39.198s  + 2.092   12
 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.199s  + 2.093    6
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.748s  + 2.642   16
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m39.768s  + 2.662   14
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m40.056s  + 2.950   14
12.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m40.153s  + 3.047   14
13.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m40.298s  + 3.192    8
14.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m40.328s  + 3.222   13
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m40.540s  + 3.434   12
16.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m41.071s  + 3.965   14
17.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m41.204s  + 4.098   14
18.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.330s  + 5.224   14
19.  Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m42.521s  + 5.415   11
20.  Jules Bianchi         Force India-Mercedes  1m44.118s  + 7.012    8
21.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m44.227s  + 7.121   10
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m44.500s  + 7.394   15
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m47.204s  + 10.098  12
24.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m50.465s  + 13.359  11


Practice 2
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                   Time               Laps[/b]
 1.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m35.973             32
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m36.145s  + 0.172   29
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m36.160s  + 0.187   26
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m36.433s  + 0.460   23
 5.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m36.617s  + 0.644   30
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m36.711s  + 0.738   27
 7.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m36.956s  + 0.983   28
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m36.966s  + 0.993   30
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m37.191s  + 1.218   30
10.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m37.316s  + 1.343   32
11.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m37.417s  + 1.444   22
12.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m37.616s  + 1.643   33
13.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m37.836s  + 1.863   30
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m37.930s  + 1.957   31
15.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m37.972s  + 1.999   25
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m38.176s  + 2.203   34
17.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m38.293s  + 2.320   30
18.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1m38.783s  + 2.810   37
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1m38.990s  + 3.017   36
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1m39.346s  + 3.373   19
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1m39.651s  + 3.678   15
22.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1m40.343s  + 4.370   24
23.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1m40.753s  + 4.780   30


Practice 3
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                   Time               Laps[/b]
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m35.940s            13
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m36.093s  + 0.123   12
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m36.389s  + 0.449   16
 4.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m36.512s  + 0.572   17
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m36.635s  + 0.695   16
 6.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m36.765s  + 0.825   17
 7.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m36.781s  + 0.841   19
 8.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m36.880s  + 0.940   17
 9.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m37.039s  + 1.099   15
10.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m37.061s  + 1.121   17
11.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m37.237s  + 1.297   16
12.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m37.274s  + 1.334   19
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m37.288s  + 1.348   16
14.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault       1m37.425s  + 1.485   14
15.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m37.465s  + 1.525   12
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m37.493s  + 1.553   13
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m37.628s  + 1.688   14
18.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m37.831s  + 1.891   14
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1m38.701s  + 2.761   19
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault       1m39.198s  + 3.258   19
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1m39.796s  + 3.856   18
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1m40.048s  + 4.108   17
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1m41.263s  + 5.323   14
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1m41.499s  + 5.559   18


Qualifying
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   [/b]
 1.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m35.121s         
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m35.626s  + 0.505
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m35.691s  + 0.570
 4.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m35.784s  + 0.663
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m35.898s  + 0.777
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m36.191s  + 1.070
 7.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m36.290s  + 1.169
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m36.524s  + 1.403
 9.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m36.622s  + 1.501
10.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        No time
Q2 cut-off time: 1m35.831s                                   Gap **
11.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m36.031s  + 0.331
12.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m36.255s  + 0.555
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m36.283s  + 0.583
14.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m36.289s  + 0.589
15.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m36.317s  + 0.617
16.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m36.745s  + 1.045
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m36.956s  + 1.256
Q1 cut-off time: 1m36.933s                                    Gap *
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m37.714s  + 1.516
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m38.463s  + 2.265
20.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m38.677s  + 2.479
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m39.282s  + 3.084
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m39.717s  + 3.519
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m40.411s  + 4.213
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m41.000s  + 4.802

107% time: 1m42.931s

* Gap to quickest in Q1   ** Gap to quickest in Q2


Race
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver        Team                       Time[/b]
 1.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   1h36:26.929
 2.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    20.626
 3.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    26.012
 4.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    27.924
 5.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    30.483
 6.  Grosjean      Lotus-Renault              +    31.491
 7.  Senna         Williams-Renault           +    34.597
 8.  Maldonado     Williams-Renault           +    35.643
 9.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    37.256
10.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +    38.720
11.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +    41.066
12.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +    42.273
13.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    42.700
14.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +    50.500
15.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +    51.200
16.  Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    51.700
17.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:03.100
18.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
19.  Glock         Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
20.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
21.  De la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
22.  Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
23.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +    3 laps

Fastest lap: Kobayashi, 1:39.960

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Schumacher    Mercedes                     16


World Championship standings, round 3:

Code:
[b]Drivers:                    Constructors:             [/b]
 1.  Hamilton      45        1.  McLaren-Mercedes           88
 2.  Button        43        2.  Red Bull-Renault           64
 3.  Alonso        37        3.  Ferrari                    37
 4.  Webber        36        4.  Sauber-Ferrari             31
 5.  Vettel        28        5.  Mercedes                   26
 6.  Rosberg       25        6.  Lotus-Renault              24
 7.  Perez         22        7.  Williams-Renault           18
 8.  Raikkonen     16        8.  Force India-Mercedes        9
 9.  Senna         14        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari          6
10.  Kobayashi      9       
11.  Grosjean       8       
12.  Di Resta       7       
13.  Vergne         4       
14.  Maldonado      4       
15.  Ricciardo      2       
16.  Hulkenberg     2       
17.  Schumacher     1
 
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Man of Honour
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Why did I think it was Bahrain. Anyway stupid three week break. Can we please have a boring race I want to see where the cars actually are in comparison with each other.
 
Man of Honour
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Why did I think it was Bahrain. Anyway stupid three week break. Can we please have a boring race I want to see where the cars actually are in comparison with each other.

Probably will have to wait till Barcelona for that.
 
Caporegime
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Any meat on the rumours that Ferrari are bringing a new chassis to China? Or is it going to be Barcalona?
 
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Genuinely don't know how this race is gonna go for the midfield teams - its fantastic. Don't know if anyone else has seen this but very interesting.

Even in qualifying, the margins have been incredibly close: the top ten qualifiers from Q2 at the first two races were separated by an average of eight-tenths of a second, compared to 1.5 seconds in the first two races of last year. In such a tightly matched field, small details make a huge difference.

http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2012/4/13196.html
 
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