Formula Fun

April in Shanghai means two things. First you can start dusting off your spring wardrobe and, perhaps even more importantly, get excited about the yearly petrol-fuelled weekend that is the Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

Taking place between 15 – 17 April at the Shanghai International Circuit, the Grand Prix represents a chance for both local and travelling petrol heads to get their fill of motorsports’ most exciting challenge.

The course itself has been designed to look like the first character of Shanghai. Notoriously tricky to master, it features the signature long straights followed by hairpin turns favoured by course designer Hermann Tilke. Cars regularly reach speeds in excess of 300 km/h providing an exciting spectacle for those watching, be it in the stands or at home.

Being only the third race of the calendar, the Grand Prix serves as an acid test for potential champions. Those who are destined for greatness find the course an achievable challenge, while the wannabe Hills and Sennas struggle with the tight corners and fast driving surface.

First hosted back in 2004, Shanghai’s premiere racing weekend has seen past winners include Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher and current world champion Sebastian Vettel. It is without doubt the highlight of the sporting calendar in Shanghai and is something that every expat and visitor alike should try at least once. Despite a slight fall in numbers in recent years, the event still garners great support from Shanghai residents. Consequently the atmosphere created ensures that everyone who turns up has a good time.

Shuttle buses to the circuit leave from Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai International Gymnastic Center, Yuanshen Stadium (Pudong) and Hongkou Football Stadium.

The Chinese F1 Grand Prix. 15 – 17 April (race starts at 3pm, 17 April). Shanghai International Circuit, 2000 Yining Lu, Jiading District. Prices: RMB 380 – 3,980. Tickets:

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