Looking back: Chinese Grand Prix 2004-2012

Vital Statistics:

  • Shanghai International Circuit
  • 56 laps
  • Circuit length: 5.451km
  • Race length: 305.066
  • Eight different winners since 2004
  • 2012 winner: Nico Rosberg

When F1 heads to China next week for the third race of the 2013 it will mark the 10th Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

When the Shanghai International Circuit was completed in 2004 it was the most expensive circuit in Formula 1 costing $240 million to build.

Since 2004 there have been eight different winners of the race with Lewis Hamilton winning at the circuit twice, first in 2008 and again in 2011.

The inaugural 56 lap race in 2004 was won by Rubens Barrichello after he secured a lights to flag victory.

The race also saw Barrichello’s teammate Michael Schumacher finish out of the podium and point scoring positions for the first time in the 2004 season after he finished 12th.

In 2005 the 305.066km race was the final race of the season and was won by Fernando Alonso who had won the world championship at the previous race in Japan.

Other key features in the circuit’s 10 year history include Schumacher’s final ever victory at in 2006, whilst in 2007 Hamilton crashed when returning to the pits leaving his championship hopes in taters.

In 2009 the race moved to the third race of the season where it has remained for the last five years.

In 2012 Mercedes secured their first victory since being renamed from Brawn. Nico Rosberg took the pole and win becoming the first German to win a race in a German manufactured car.

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Keep up to date with all the results from the race weekend at beckycreedf1.wordpress.com and via the 2013 race map and calendar. 

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