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Posted on April 17, 2024 Tags:

Alex didn’t see Daniel!

Japan 2024 – A Sad Memory

It was a disaster for both drivers – Daniel and Alex – and they’ll be hellbent to make amends around that magnificent Shanghai International Circuit, a onetime swamp on the outskirts of this vast and extraordinary city.

Poor start for RB pair

I don’t think Daniel saw me

Shanghai International Circuit

I well remember the vast and magnificent city of Shanghai when I was fortunate to travel to China in 2004 for the second overseas venture of the then V8 Supercars, under the guidance of AVESCO.

It was a memorable event in more ways than one!

Travelling to the vast city’s outskirts, we marveled the brand spanking new Shanghai International Stadium, another of renowned architect and designer Hermann Tilke’s masterful creations.

It was an exciting and memorable adventure for the teams, the drivers, the officials = and the considerable number of fans who made their way to follow their Supercars dream.

I felt it was a triumph for Supercars, at the time. Although I’m not too sure then AVESCO head honcho Tony Cochran,” said Daniel.

felt the same.

Were there any hiccups? You betcha!

Remember the very first Chinese F1 Grand Prix was held in September 2004 at the same Shanghai circuit, just three months after Supercars had successfully bedded in the track.

The first Aussie international sortie was across the ditch in New Zealand in 2001, then China in 2004, UAE at Abu Dhabi 2006, and the US at the Circuit of the Americas in 2013.

There’s no doubt these global events showcased Supercars, Australia’s top tier of motor racing, and highlighted the exquisite skills of our drivers and their respective teams.

But such ventures come at an extraordinary cost.

As you might expect it is, and was, a hugely expensive and risky proposition. So, there is little surprise Supercars now restricts its overseas ventures to its annual excursion to NZ.

As the world prepared to grapple with the onslaught of Covid.

All 16 editions of the Chinese Grand Prix have been run on the superb Shanghai International Circuit – its outline loosely based on the Chinese “shang” character, meaning “up above.”

The 5.451-kilometre-long track boasts 16 corners, many of them very slow, as the section through turns 1 to 3 and 6 to 14, while others are high speed like the esses through turns 7 and 8.

Based on simulations and past data, the tyres are subjected to lateral and longitudinal forces here that fall into the medium category, with the outside of the tyre, especially on the left-hand side of the car, wearing the most.

Pirelli has chosen the C2 as Hard, the C3 as Medium and the C4 as Soft. Nominally, that’s the same selection as in 2019 but the scenario is very different.

The Chinese Grand Prix is the first of six events this season running to the Sprint format, which itself has been slightly modified for this year in terms of the running order of the sessions.

Free practice and Sprint qualifying are on Friday, the Sprint race and qualifying on Saturday, with the Grand Prix, as always, on the Sunday.

Parc ferme has also been changed, now split into two parts: one which covers qualifying and the Sprint race, and the other starting before Saturday afternoon’s qualifying.

Shanghai, China

 April in the district Suzuka – Cherry Blossoms & F1can see a marked change in temperatures with variations of around 10 °C, which adds another variable to the puzzle that the teams and drivers must piece together.  

Of the 20 drivers that make up the grid this year, just three have stood on the top step of the Shanghai podium: Lewis Hamilton (six times), Fernando Alonso (twice) and Daniel Ricciardo (once). Hamilton also has six Shanghai poles to his name and has scored 204 points here.

Of the teams, Mercedes heads the field with six wins ahead of Ferrari with four, while Red Bull has won twice. In fact, it was here in 2009 that Sebastian Vettel gave the maiden victory to the team that, then as now, is run by Christian Horner.


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