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Featured 2016 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1 Race Comments' started by R.J. O'Connell, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. R.J. O'Connell

    R.J. O'Connell
    Commentator/Contributor Staff Premium Member

    Shanghai International Circuit is the home of the third round of the 2016 F1 season, the Chinese Grand Prix. Since 2004, Formula 1 has made perennial visits to the most populous country on Earth, and it's been a big draw in that time - last year, the Chinese Grand Prix drew the third-highest attendance for race day of any event on the calendar.

    Of all the F1 circuits whose layout is inspired by a letter of the Chinese alphabet, Shanghai Circuit is by far the only one. For better or worse, it offers a bit of everything: Low, medium, and high-speed corners, an abrasive surface that will punish the tyres, and its signature feature: The 1,170 metre straightaway between turns 13 and 14, the longest straightaway in all of Formula 1.

    The Chinese Grand Prix was the venue of Nico Rosberg's first Formula 1 victory in 2012. A win here would give him an astonishing six Grand Prix victories in a row. But he'll of course, have to go through his teammate, Lewis Hamilton - who's won this event four times, more than any other driver in the brief history of the event. China could be another swing of the pendulum in Mercedes' intra-team rivalry, or another notch in the belt for Rosberg's championship credentials.

    Another driver who's enjoyed a great deal of success in China is two-time Chinese GP winner, Fernando Alonso of McLaren Honda. Alonso sat out the Bahrain GP with a chest injury, allowing third driver Stoffel Vandoorne to drive to tenth place and score points in his F1 debut in his place. With Alonso provisionally cleared to race this weekend in Shanghai, the two-time World Champion is eager to finally open his statement for the season.

    The big story of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend will be the reintroduction of the previous knockout qualifying format for the remainder of 2016. F1's new-for-2016 elimination-style qualifying, complete with inflexible 90-second knockout windows, even less on-track action than before, and no chaotic results at the front of the grid, proved a flop after just two races.

    With the show of Saturday time trials well and sorted, the work to continue to improve Formula 1 from a competition and participation perspective is far from finished, and those in charge must continue to try and ensure the long-term health of all of its teams.

    However, Formula 1's new blood has really invigorated the 2016 season despite all the controversy. Renault's Jolyon Palmer looked great in his F1 debut in Australia. Last round in Bahrain, it was Vandoorne, as well as Manor's Pascal Wehrlein, who solidified their own F1 futures with great races.

    Over both of those races, F1's newest team, Haas, have been utterly brilliant. Aggressive strategies, a capable car, and a lead driver coming of age have seen the Anglo-American constructor finish in the top six in both rounds. Romain Grosjean is off to the best start of his F1 career, in what he believes to be the best car he's ever driven. Can it continue into China?

    Reliability issues struck down former Chinese GP winner Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari before he even got a chance to start the race - but the four-time champion should be more than eager to respond with a flourish. Keep your eye on Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo as well - he's finished just off the podium in the first two races of the season, good enough to put him third in the championship after two rounds. Will the more technical sections of Shanghai give him the edge to step up to the podium for the first time in 2016?

    All of those questions, including the ones that nobody bothered to ask, will be answered over the fifty-six lap distance in China.

    Chinese GP Schedule (all times GMT)
    Free Practice 1:
    Friday, 02:00-03:30
    Free Practice 2: Friday, 06:00-07:30
    Free Practice 3: Saturday, 04:00-05:00
    Qualifying: Saturday, 07:00-08:00
    Race (56 Laps): Sunday, 06:00
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  2. St3fan

    Stefan Zhang <- Just use this name for convenience Premium Member

    Sebastian was seen at the gate of the race track. He was stopped by security guards because he didn't bring his permit for his car and had to walk into the facility :) Picture was taken April 13.
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  3. Also, LH has a 5-place grid penalty for this race - for anyone who didn't hear about it.
    It's because they had to change his gearbox (allegedly due to botass crash at bahrain, but doesn't matter); merc chose to take penalty at china as it's easy to overtake.
    Another easy win for rosberg it shall be.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2016
  4. Its not enough to not drive in rain anymore, we have to have red flag because there is some water 2places on the track too now...

    I mean, I know it was not red flag because of that, but why not continue racing after they had cleared Wehrleins car instead off sweeping the track to make it kid friendly...
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2016
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  5. Alex McRacing

    Alex McRacing
    Premium Member

    exactly. they get paid millions each year and can't drive through a puddle
  6. ionONE1

    Premium Member

    Ted vs umbrella vs notebook
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  7. ...And there it was gone. NR walked it.
    NR will win F1 this year. LH is at sixes and sevens.
  8. Omer Said

    Omer Said
    Weresloth Staff Premium Member

    So annoying to see that Vettel trying to put the blame on Kvyat for the 1st lap incident. But i liked how he handled Vettel's criticism coolly.
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  9. Timmieturner12

    Premium Member

    Daniil Kvyat drove flawless today, awesome job! NR won by a countrymile, eh not fun. Seb and Ricciardo had good recovery drives but still driver of the day has got to be Ricciardo. And like Omer said:p I like how he handled Vettel's criticism. More of these races please!
  10. Erik Springelkamp

    Erik Springelkamp
    Premium Member

  11. ionONE1

    Premium Member

  12. Omer Said

    Omer Said
    Weresloth Staff Premium Member

    I really don't see anything which makes the incident Kvyat's fault there. As you can see, Kvyat is ahead of Vettel already before the contact. Vettel should have braked if he wanted to avoid hitting Raikkonen. Raikkonen, on the other hand, could have taken the turn wider to give them room.

    Actually that is a very much racing incident, and no one should blame someone else. (As Vettel did)
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  13. A racing incident for sure but if it went to blame, then it lies with Kimi.
    After going a bit wide he tried to scramble back in line to avoid losing too many places.
    The re-entry angle put him in front of Vettel, who himself had turned in a bit late.
    Vettel then corrected to the right only to find a fast charging Kvyat.
    He then 'jinked' to the left to avoid a collision hitting Kimi in the process.
  14. smasha

    Premium Member

    Well done Danny Ricciardo ,the driver of the race.
    Had bad luck with the puncture but was brilliant all weekend.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
  15. Ari Antero

    Ari Antero
    Premium Member

    Interesting opinion. Kimi goes wide to avoid not to take out Niko who is going slow because of Daniel.
  16. I beg to differ.
    Look at the video again...actually Kimi's re-entry is the 'trigger' which causes Nasr to 'jink' right and into Hamilton as well
  17. Ari Antero

    Ari Antero
    Premium Member

    I see it different. Kimi locks light to avoid Niko and goes wide but when he turns in it is Kimi`s line and It is actually Sebastian who is going too fast and not able to keep racing line and it is hes mistake what makes possible to Kyvat to make hes move. If you look video it is actually Sebastian who is in position to judge situation best and it is he who is pushing too hard to avoid losing too many places and hit`s hes fellow team mate in rear. It is racing accident but it is Sebastian who is misjudging situation and he has nobody to claim.
  18. Only one thing is for sure, this was by far the most exciting Chinese GP in ages and had Kimi not
    had a collision I bet he could have challenged for victory.