|Shanghai International Circuit|
|Active from||2004 - present|
|Major events|| Chinese Grand Prix|
|Length||3.387 mi (5.451 km)|
|Lap record||1:32.238 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2004, 2004, class)|
The Shanghai International Circuit (simplified Chinese: 上海国际赛车场; traditional Chinese: 上海國際賽車場; pinyin: Shànghǎi Guójì Sàichēchǎng) is a Chinese motor racing venue, situated in the district of Jiading near Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. It was the venue of the inaugural Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on 26 September 2004.
Costing approximately $450 million (USD), the circuit was financed by a government-funded joint-venture company, consisting of the Shanghai Juss Corporation, Shanghai National Property Management Co Ltd, and Shanghai Jia'an Investment and Development Co Ltd. Architectural and design experts began planning and visiting the site between April and May 2003, and the area was transformed from swampland to international racetrack within 18 months with a team of 3000 engineers working around the clock.
Other events held at the circuit include the Australian-based V8 Supercar championship in 2005, attracting crowds of over 250,000 spectators, and also the final round of the A1 Grand Prix in 2006/2007.
In September 2007, former manager of the circuit Yu Zhifei  was convicted of embezzlement as part of a corruption scandal in Shanghai which resulted in the dismissal of several senior Chinese Communist Party officials.
In common with many other new Formula One circuits, it was designed by Hermann Tilke, and also features his trademark track feature: a long back straight followed by a hairpin turn. Current-generation F1 cars can easily surpass 300 km/h (186 mph) on the long straight between corners 13 and 14. The track layout was inspired from the Chinese character shang (上) the first character in the name of the city Shanghai, meaning "above" or "ascend". One lap lasts 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles). The whole circuit plus seating areas and other areas for spectators, covers a total area of 5.3 km².
Times below are driven over a distance of 5451 meters.
|Formula One||1:32.238||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari F2004||September 26, 2004|
|GP2 Asia Series||1:46.470||Kamui Kobayashi||DAMS||October 18, 2008|
|A1GP||1:51.832||Darren Manning||Team Great Britain||April 1, 2006|
|V8 Supercars||1:51.056*||Todd Kelly||Holden VZ Commodore||June 12, 2005|
*Intermediate circuit (4.600 km/2.858mi)
|Formula One circuits|
Former Circuits: A1-Ring (Österreichring) • Adelaide • Aida • Ain-Diab • Aintree • Anderstorp • AVUS • Brands Hatch • Bremgarten • Buenos Aires • Caesars Palace • Clermont-Ferrand • Dallas • Detroit • Dijon • Donington Park • East London • Estoril • Fuji • Imola • Indianapolis • Jacarepaguá • Jarama • Istanbul • Jerez • Kyalami • Le Mans • Long Beach • Magny-Cours • Mexico City • Monsanto • Montjuïc • Mont-Tremblant • Mosport Park • Nivelles-Baulers • Nürburgring • Oporto • Paul Ricard • Pedralbes • Pescara • Phoenix • Reims • Riverside • Rouen • Sebring • Watkins Glen • Zandvoort • Zeltweg • Zolder
- ↑ Chinese boss fired Forumula1.net, retrieved on October 10, 2007
- ↑ Chinese F1 boss found guilty GPUpdate.net, retrieved on September 19, 2007.
- ↑ Shanghai International Circuit Facts & Figures Forumula1.net, retrieved on October 10, 2007
- ↑ "Chinese Grand Prix Preview". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2009-04-13. http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/pressreleases/f1releases/2009/Pages/f1_preview_chn.aspx. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- ↑ 2005 V8 Supercar Shanghai round results
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