Shanghai International Circuit with Haas F1 Team

Shanghai International Circuit with Haas F1 Team

11.04.2016: FORMULA 1 - Chinese Grand-Prix 2016 Shanghai International Circuit Total number of race laps: 56

FORMULA 1 - Chinese Grand-Prix 2016
Shanghai International Circuit



•    Total number of race laps: 56

•    Complete race distance: 305.066 kilometers (189.559 miles)

•    Pit lane speed limit: 80 kph (50 mph)

•    This 5.451-kilometer (3.387-mile), 16-turn Shanghai International Circuit has hosted Formula One since 2004, with last year’s Chinese Grand Prix serving as the venue’s 12th grand prix.  

•    Michael Schumacher holds the race lap record at Shanghai (1:32.238), set in 2004 with Ferrari.

•    Rubens Barrichello holds the qualifying lap record at Shanghai (1:34.012), set in 2004 with Ferrari.


•    The Shanghai International Circuit is one of the many new Formula One circuits designed by Hermann Tilke, which features a trademark cue of his – a long backstraight followed by a hairpin corner. The 1.4-kilometer (.869 of a mile) backstraight is the longest in Formula One.


It is the equivalent of 11 soccer fields laid end to end, or the same length of three-and-a-half aircraft carriers lined up bow to stern. Current-generation Formula One cars surpass 300 kph (187 mph) on this straight, which is located between turns 13 and 14.


Another distinctive aspect of the track is its “snail corners”, which comprise turns 1-4 and turns 11-13. The high-speed straight combined with these sharp corners pose a conundrum for teams, as they must balance the amount of downforce needed to negotiate these vastly different aspects of the track.


•    The month of April in Shanghai is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures. During the course of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, lows will range from 13-14 degrees Celsius (55-57 degrees Fahrenheit) to 20-21 degrees Celsius (68-70 degrees Fahrenheit).


The median cloud cover is 88 percent (mostly cloudy), and the average probability of rainfall on any given day is 54 percent. Relative humidity ranges from 51 percent (mildly humid) to 91 percent (very humid), with a dew point varying from 4 degrees Celsius/39 degrees Fahrenheit (dry) to 16 degrees Celsius/60 degrees Fahrenheit (comfortable).


The dew point is rarely below -3 degrees Celsius/26 degrees Fahrenheit (dry) or above 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit (muggy). Typical wind speeds vary from 2 kph/1 mph to 23 kph/14 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 31 kph/19 mph (fresh breeze).


•    DYK? The ground on which the Shanghai International Circuit was built was originally swampland. But with a team of 3,000 engineers working around the clock, it took just 18 months to create the world-class facility.


 •    Pirelli is bringing three tire compounds to China:


o    P Zero White medium – less grip, less wear (used for long-race stints)

o    P Zero Yellow soft – more grip, medium wear (used for shorter-race stints and for initial portion of qualifying)

o    P Zero Red supersoft – highest amount of grip, highest amount of wear (used for qualifying and select race situations)


•    Two of the three available compounds must be used during the race. Teams are able to decide when they want to run which compound, adding an element of strategy to the race. (If the race takes place in the wet, the Cinturato Blue full wet tire and the Cinturato Green intermediate tire will be made available.)


•    A driver can use all three sets of Pirelli tires in a race. For example, if they used the P Zero Red supersoft to advance from Q2 to Q3, they would start the race on those tires and attempt to make some lightning-quick laps to gain a margin over their counterparts before pitting for the P Zero White medium. Then depending on circumstances that unfold during the race, another pit stop could be made for the P Zero Yellow soft, allowing the driver to better attack during the race’s closing laps.


•    Pirelli provides each driver 13 sets of dry tires for the race weekend. Of those 13 sets, drivers and their teams can choose the specifications of 10 of those sets from the three compounds Pirelli selected. The remaining three sets are defined by Pirelli – two mandatory tire specifications for the race (one set of P Zero Yellow softs and one set of P Zero White mediums) and one mandatory specification for Q3 (one set of P Zero Red supersofts). Haas F1 Team’s drivers have selected the following amounts:


o    Grosjean: one set of P Zero White mediums, five sets of P Zero Yellow softs and seven sets of P Zero Red supersofts


o    Gutiérrez: two sets of P Zero White mediums, four sets of P Zero Yellow softs and seven sets of P Zero Red supersofts


 •    What’s old is new again. After running an elimination-style qualifying format in the season’s first two races where the slowest drivers were eliminated in 90-second intervals, qualifying is going back to the way it was in 2015. What way is that? See below:


o    Q1
    Lasts 18 minutes, with all 22 drivers participating throughout the session
    Fastest 16 drivers move on to Q2
o    Q2
-    Lasts 15 minutes, featuring the 16 fastest drivers from Q1 throughout the session
-    Fastest 10 drivers advance to Q3
o    Q3
-   Lasts 12 minutes, featuring the 10 fastest drivers from Q2 throughout the session


 
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