Creating history: Everything you need to know about the 1,000th race of F1 World Championship
The first Formula One world championship race was held at Silverstone in England on May 13, 1950.
FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix: Shanghai International Circuit, Jiading District
Circuit length: 5.451 km
Race distance: 305.066 km (56 laps)
Debut: September 2004, won by Rubens Barrichello
1. This year’s event will be Formula One’s 1,000th Grand Prix. The first Formula One world championship race was held at Silverstone in England on May 13, 1950, at the former World War II airfield. The Alfa Romeo team dominated with Italian Giuseppe Farina winning and taking the inaugural world title. The race was attended by 2,00,000 spectators including King George VI.
2. The Shanghai International Circuit was designed by German engineer Hermann Tilke and is shaped resembling the Chinese character ‘shang’ that means high or above.
3. The focus in Shanghai will be on Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari rookie from Monaco who deserved victory two weeks ago in Bahrain but had to settle for the first podium of his career.
4. The 21-year-old will be gunning for his first win this weekend after beating five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain but ultimately limped home third when his Ferrari lost power with 10 laps left.
5. Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault during the 2017 season, called Vettel’s spin in Bahrain — where he was duelling with Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and was comfortably eclipsed by Leclerc.
6. Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton is also in a good position to continue his winning streak. He would do better by undoing his middle stint in Bahrain where he lacked pace and lost a place to Vettel. But then the results changed after the final stops.
7. Hamilton is the most successful driver in this circuit with five wins (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017), and is the only driver to have won two years in a row.
8. Youngsters Lando Norris (19) of McLaren and Alexander Albon (23) of Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda also finished in the points in Bahrain, in only their second Formula One races. The performance of Norris was particularly eye-catching, as he made it into the final qualifying session for the second time in a row.