By Bridget O’Donnell
F1 makes a stop in Shanghai this weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Though drama in Bahrain seems to be hanging a cloud of uncertainty over Formula 1 at the moment, this weekend’s annual Chinese Grand Prix over at the Shanghai Circuit looks to be exciting.
Two time world champ Sebastian Vettel is heading into this weekend’s race with a sixth place ranking, while last year’s China Grand Prix victor Lewis Hamilton is believed to be a heavy contender to nab the trophy again. While there aren’t any Chinese drivers in this year’s race, China’s first F1 driver Ma Qinghua, who just joined HRT, could be competing soon.
Shanghai Circuit, which opened in 2004, features a 5.5m track shaped like the Chinese character “shang” (上). The main grandstand area holds 20,000 seats with a view of 80% of the track. The cheaper tickets appear to have all been sold out, but for 1,180-2,180 RMB you can get a two-day pass with seats. Tickets can be purchased from here or here.
Be sure to bring an umbrella, as it’s expected to rain.
Qualifying races on Friday (10-11.30am, 2-3.30pm) and Saturday (11am – noon, 2pm). Grand Finale on Sunday at 3pm.
2000 Yining Lu, Jiading District (嘉定区伊宁路2000号). Take the Metro Line 11 to Shanghai Circuit.