Chinese GP Race Ready Facts

Chinese Grand Prix 2017

Ready for the weekend? We get you set up for Sunday with our Chinese GP analysis. 

Laps: 56 
Start time: 14:00hrs local / 07:00hrs BST

Grid advantage

Pole position is located on the racing line, on the left side of the track, but the grid advantage is negligible. Last year Daniel Ricciardo, who started second, beat pole-sitter Nico Rosberg into Turn 1.


There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and 14. The latter is the longest DRS zone and the most likely overtaking point because the cars slow for a 50km/h (31mph) hairpin.

Chinese Grand Prix


Shanghai International Circuit

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Don’t put the kettle on…

At the start, or during the pitstops. Last year’s race was won using a two-stop strategy, which would mean pitting on or around laps 15 and 30. With this year’s harder tyre compounds, one pitstop is more likely, on or around lap 20.

Pitlane length/Pitstops

351m/0.218 miles (longest of the season: Interlagos, 380m/0.236 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 21s, which is relatively short.

Safety Car

45 percent probability, which is a relatively high. Historically there are a lot of collisions at this racetrack, particularly at Turn 1, and the result is invariably the appearance of the Safety Car. 

But in 2015 the race finished under Safety Car conditions after Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso was left stranded on the start-finish straight following a transmission failure.

Watch out for…

The large bump on the pit straight, especially when it’s wet. During last year’s qualifying session a combination of this bump and a damp patch under a bridge caught out Pascal Wehrlein, who spun and hit the barrier.