Formula One - Chinese Grand Prix Preview

The Sports NetworkApril 15, 2014 

Date: Sunday, April 20

Start Time: 3 a.m. ET

Site: Shanghai International Circuit -- Shanghai, China

Track: 5.451 km (3.387 miles), 16-turn road course.

Laps: 56

Miles: 189.568 (305.066 km)

Capacity: 100,000+

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 11th

On TV: NBC Sports Network

Announcers:

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Race record: Rubens Barrichello, 2004 (1 hr., 29 mins., 12.420 secs.)

Qualifying record: Rubens Barrichello, 2004(1 min., 33.706 secs.)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Fernando Alonso

Runner up: Kimi Raikkonen

Pole winner: Lewis Hamilton (1:34.484)

Top 10:

1. Fernando Alonso (Start: 3)

2. Kimi Raikkonen (2)

3. Lewis Hamilton (4)

4. Sebastian Vettel (9)

5. Jenson Button (8)

6. Felipe Massa (5)

7. Daniel Ricciardo (7)

8. Paul di Resta (11)

9. Romain Grosjean (6)

10. Nico Hulkenberg (10)

Average speed: 189.779 kph

Time of race: 1 hr., 36 mins., 26.945 secs.

Margin of victory: 10.168 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Past winners

2013 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 189.779 mph/1:36:26.945

2012 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 189.778 kph/1:36:26.929

2011 Lewis Hamilton, , 188.758 kph/1:36:58.226

2010 Jenson Button, McLaren, 171.541 kph/1:46:42.163

2009 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 155.447 kph/1:57:43.485

2008 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 199.049 kph/1:31:57.403

2007 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 186.826 kph/1:37:58.395

2006 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 187.644 kph/1:37:32.747

2005 Fernando Alonso, Renault, 183.234 kph/1:36:53.618

2004 Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 205.313 kph/1:29:12.420

Last race

Race: Bahrain Grand Prix (April 6)

Site: Bahrain International Circuit -- Sakhir, Bahrain

Miles: 182.115 (308.238 km)

Laps: 57

Finish line order: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg

Time of Race: 1 hr., 39 mins., 42.743 secs.

Average speed: 185.476 kph

Margin of victory: 1.085 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Lap leaders:

Entry list

#1 Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#3 Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#4 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#6 Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes

#7 Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Ferrari

#8 Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Lotus-Renault

#9 Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden) Caterham-Renault

#10 Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan) Caterham-Renault

#11 Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Force India-Mercedes

#13 Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Lotus-Renault

#14 * Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari

#17 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#19 Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Williams-Mercedes

#20 Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark) McLaren-Mercedes

#21 Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico Sauber-Ferrari

#22 Jenson Button (Frome, England) McLaren-Mercedes

#25 Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Toro Rosso-Renault

#26 Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia) Toro Rosso-Renault

#27 Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Force India-Mercedes

#44 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes

#77 Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland) Williams-Mercedes

#99 Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany) Sauber-Ferrari

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Fernando Alonso Won 2 2 4 9 4 7 9 Won
Kimi Raikkonen 2 RET Won 3 10 14 2
Lewis Hamilton RET Won 6 2 Won 3 3
Sebastian Vettel 4 9 Won 6 2 5 4
Jenson Button 8 4 5 16 3 Won 4 2 5
Felipe Massa 6 RET 3 2 RET 9 6 13 6
Daniel Ricciardo 17 7
Nico Hulkenberg 15 13 10
Sergio Perez 17 11 11
Nico Rosberg 11 16 15 15 3 5 Won RET

Notes

The Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit is round 4 on the 2014 Formula One calendar.

This will be the 11th running of the Chinese GP. The race made its F1 debut on Sept. 26, 2004, which was won by Rubens Barrichello when he drove for Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are those drivers who have scored multiple wins in the Chinese GP. Hamilton's victories occurred in 2008, his F1 world championship season, and 2011. He drove for McLaren from 2007-12. Alonso won this race for the first time in 2005 when he drove for Renault. His second victory in it came with Ferrari last year.

Jenson Button (2010), Kimi Raikkonen (2007), Nico Rosberg (2012) and Sebastian Vettel (2009) are the other drivers competing in this weekend's race that have won in China in the past.

Rosberg scored his maiden F1 race and pole wins in the 2012 Chinese GP. The Mercedes driver put on a dominating performance in that race, as he beat McLaren's Button to the finish line by more than 20 seconds.

The race winner in the Chinese GP has started on the pole position five times. Michael Schumacher took the checkered flag for this race after starting sixth in 2006, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won it.

Round 5 in this year's F1 world championship is the May 11 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Alonso won last year's race there.

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