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Shanghai International Circuit
Location Shanghai, China
Active from 2004 - present
Major events Chinese Grand Prix
V8 Supercars
A1GP
GP2 Asia
Surface N/A
Length 3.387 mi (5.451 km)
Turns 16
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.

HistoryEdit

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 [1] was convicted of embezzlement as part of a corruption scandal in Shanghai which resulted in the dismissal of several senior Chinese Communist Party officials.[2]

LayoutEdit

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.[3] 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".[4] 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.

Records Edit

Times below are driven over a distance of 5451 meters.

Category Record Driver/Rider Car Date
Formula One 1:32.238 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari F2004 September 26, 2004
GP2 Asia Series 1:46.470 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi DAMS October 18, 2008
A1GP 1:51.832 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning Team Great Britain April 1, 2006
V8 Supercars[5] 1:51.056* 25px-AustraliaFLAG Todd Kelly Holden VZ Commodore June 12, 2005

*Intermediate circuit (4.600 km/2.858mi)

See AlsoEdit

Formula One circuits

Current circuits
(2012 season)

BahrainMelbourneSepangShanghaiBarcelona (Catalunya)Monte CarloMontrealValenciaSilverstoneHockenheimHungaroringSpaMonzaMarina BaySuzukaYeongamNew DelhiInterlagosAustinYas Marina

Former Circuits: A1-Ring (Österreichring)AdelaideAidaAin-DiabAintreeAnderstorpAVUSBrands HatchBremgartenBuenos AiresCaesars PalaceClermont-FerrandDallasDetroitDijonDonington ParkEast LondonEstorilFujiImolaIndianapolisJacarepaguáJaramaIstanbulJerezKyalamiLe MansLong BeachMagny-CoursMexico CityMonsantoMontjuïcMont-TremblantMosport ParkNivelles-BaulersNürburgringOportoPaul RicardPedralbesPescaraPhoenixReimsRiversideRouenSebringWatkins GlenZandvoortZeltwegZolder

Template:A1 Grand Prix circuits Template:V8 Supercar tracks Template:GP2 Asia circuits

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chinese boss fired Forumula1.net, retrieved on October 10, 2007
  2. Chinese F1 boss found guilty GPUpdate.net, retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  3. Shanghai International Circuit Facts & Figures Forumula1.net, retrieved on October 10, 2007
  4. "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. 
  5. 2005 V8 Supercar Shanghai round results

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