Hello F1 Fans,
After a two-week hiatus, Formula One heads to China and the Shanghai International Circuit play host to the fourth round of the 2014 F1 World Championship, the last of the four early season flyaway races. The Shanghai course, another of the modern-era circuits designed by famed track designer Hermann Tilke, is a 3.39-mile, 16-corner, clockwise track. It features a mix of blind and technical turn complexes of both increasing and decreasing radii, medium to high-speed corners, two long straights, and the tight hairpin immediately following a long overtaking zone. The fairly low temperatures seen at this time of year makes life difficult for the front tyres and graining can be a particular problem.
The standings after the Bahrain Grand Prix we have Nico Rosberg claiming the top spot in Drivers championship with 61 points, Lewis Hamilton closing on in second with 50 points and Nico Hülkenberg in third with 28 points. In the Constructors’ battle Mercedes leads with 111 points with Force India in 2nd with 44 points and McLaren in 3rd with 43 points.
TYRE ALLOCATION - Pirelli has elected the P Zero white medium and P Zero yellow soft tires for the Shanghai International Circuit. The yellow-banded tires will serve as the race weekend’s ‘option’ compounds with the white-marked medium tires the 'prime' choice. Graining could be a factor. Cool temperatures in Shanghai means that graining will be an issue once again; particularly given the smoothness of the asphalt
DRS ZONES -The Shanghai International Circuit will feature DRS zones on the back straight and the start-finish straight each with individual detection points. The activation point for first DRS zone is 752m before the turn 14 hairpin and the detection point in turn 12. The second DRS zone will be on the start/finish straight with a detection point before the final corner and activation beginning 98m after it.
After taking the chequered flag in both Malaysia (http://www.whtimes.co.uk/sport/f1_2014_malaysian_grand_prix_result_hamilton_leads_a_mercedes_one_two_1_3504403) and Bahrain (http://www.whtimes.co.uk/sport/f1_2014_bahrain_grand_prix_result_hamilton_wins_ahead_of_rosberg_1_3524998) ahead of his Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg, can Lewis Hamilton win his 3rd straight race win? Can Force India continue their rather impressive pace start to the season and win their first race of the season? Will McLaren bounce back from a double retirement in Bahrain? If you're in the New York City area and looking for some great racing action with other F1 fans, be sure to join us for the Chinese Grand Prix to see who will take the checkered flag. Race will start at 03:00AM EDT with the pre-race starting at 02:30AM EDT. It's going to be another exciting race.
We hope to see you all!