China: Preview

Welcome to Shanghai for the 1,000th World Championship race.

Going into the Chinese Grand Prix, we have a very good mix on strategies, entertaining action, plenty overtaking opportunities, and it's a track that contains a bit of everything, including a potential safety car to spice up things even more.

Lewis Hamilton is the driver with the most pole positions in Shanghai (6 times), followed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (4 times). Last time around in 2018, it was Vettel who got on pole, so the Italian team may very well be ahead on the grid, but would it be with the German champion or with the young sensation Charles Leclerc, who took his maiden pole at the last race in Bahrain?

For the race on Sunday, it's again Lewis Hamilton who has the most wins (5 times) - as is his record in the Silverstone, Monza, COTA and Suzuka. Mercedes also has an excellent form in recent memory, taking victories in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Aside from the Silver Arrows, Ferrari looks to be a favorite coming into the Grand Prix, with their power and pace to be maximized in Shanghai's long straights and fast corners. Meanwhile, Red Bull could be a potential winner, as they took victory with Daniel Ricciardo last year.

Quotes from the teams

"The third round of the season takes place at a track that is different in character to those in Melbourne and Bahrain. Here, we have a very long straight and corners that put an uncommon amount of load on the front end. For our part, we want to verify that the SF90 is also competitive on this type of track and ensure that the reliability problems we had in Bahrain are not repeated. As usual, we want to do well and take on our competitors. It will be race number 1000 in the history of Formula 1, which is a further reason to try and excel." - Mattia Binotto, Ferrari Team Principal

"The challenge we are facing doesn't daunt us - it's uplifting. We will keep pushing to extract the maximum performance from our package to deliver the best race we can. The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix will also mark the 1000th Formula One World Championship race. 1000 races over almost 70 years is testament to the fantastic tradition and heritage of this sport." - Toto Wolff, Mercedes Team Principal

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Start time: 14:10 local

Laps: 56

Corners: 16

Race distance: 305.066km

Tyre choices: Hard C2, Medium C3, Soft C4