Press Release

 Chinese Grand Prix Preview 

 13/04/2009 

The third event of the 2009 Formula One World Championship takes place in China. The Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, designed by Hermann Tilke, is one of the world’s most impressive Formula One circuit facilities. Tilke took his inspiration for the layout of the track from the Chinese Shang character, which means above. Constructed on the site of ancient paddy fields the Shanghai International circuit has an overall length of 5,451km and features 7 left and 9 right hand turns. 

 

The circuit was designed to maximise spectator viewing and to push the drivers to their limits. Its combination of narrowing turns and straight lines with rising and falling gradients will offer drivers opportunities to overtake which is certain to add to the excitement of the event. The circuit’s challenging corners and long straights are sure to be both technically and physically demanding for drivers.

 

SHANGHAI – CIRCUIT GRAPHICS




The interactive version of the above circuit graphic is available on the FIA website (click here).

CHANGES TO THE CIRCUIT SINCE 2008  
•    The artificial grass on the exit of turn 10 has been renewed.
•    The white lines around the edge of the track have been doubled in width.
•    The pit entry has been widened immediately before the pit lane itself.
       

OTHER CHANGES AT THE SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
•    Two sections of the track have been nicknamed “snails” (Turns 1, 2, 3 with closing radius and turns 10, 11 and 12 with opening radius).
•    The total FIA safety fencing used around the circuit comes to 9,350 metres.
•    The total number of concrete piles used in construction is 40,000 totalling 800,000 metres.


Circuit data

Length of lap:
Offset:
Total number of race laps:
Total race distance:
Speed limits in the pit lane:
5.451km
0.190km
56
305.066km
60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during race



Formula One time table and media opportunities organised by the FIA

Thursday

Press Conference

 
Friday

Practice Session 1
Practice Session 2
Press Conference

Saturday
Practice Session 3
Qualifying
Followed by unilateral and press conference

Sunday
Drivers Parade
Race
Followed by unilateral and press conference


15.00 hrs - 16.00 hrs

 


10.00 – 11.30 hrs
14.00 – 15.30 hrs
16.00 – 17.00 hrs

 


11.00 – 12.00 hrs
14.00 – 15.00 hrs
 

 


13.30 – 13.45 hrs
15.00 hrs



Additional media opportunities

•    Autograph signing: All drivers will sign autographs for the public in the vending area of the circuit for 15 minutes. Time to be confirmed.
•    Qualifying: All drivers eliminated in Q1 or Q2 will be available for media interviews immediately after the end of each session as well as all drivers who participated in Q3 and who are not required to take part in the post-qualifying press conference. Location to be confirmed.
•    Race: Any driver retiring before the end of the race will be available for media interviews after his return to the paddock. In addition, all drivers who finish the race outside the top three will be available immediately after the end of the race for media interviews. Location to be confirmed.
•    During the race every team will make at least one senior spokesperson available for interviews by officially accredited TV crews. A list will be made available in the media centre.

 

For Media Information Purposes - No Regulatory Value.