The F1 Chinese Grand Prix is the second race of the season in the 2017 GP calendar and takes place in the coastal (and the country's largest) city of Shanghai.
Bring your earplugs; you're so close to the action here you won't be able to hear yourself think. Races at the F1 Chinese Grand Prix have been delighting Formula 1 fans since it first debuted on the racing calendar in 2004. Thanks to it featuring second on the race calendar in 2017, you can expect more nail-biting, speedy action from the drivers who are all eager to get off to a good start in the season.
Taking place at Shanghai International Circuit within the Jiading District, this is one event racing fans can't miss. In 2016, German Nico Rosberg claimed victory to make it three wins from three at that point in April.
What makes this circuit so enjoyable is that it has two lightning quick straights which make for excellent overtaking opportunities, while still including a number of difficult and challenging twists and turns for drivers. It's essentially 5.5km of adrenaline pumping track. Plus the main grandstand runs all along the main straight providing an excellent up-close-and-personal view, seating 29,000 people who can view nearly 80% of the circuit.
Despite the obvious star attraction being the race on the Sunday, as with every F1 event, there's much more to the weekend. If you can't get a ticket for the race, perhaps you can watch the practice on the Friday or the qualifying on the Saturday. Even if you can't get in the stands, a ground pass will let you soak up the electric atmosphere that fills the city when the Grand Prix comes to town. And be sure to look out for after parties and events in Shanghai across this weekend too.
If you haven't been to a Grand Prix before, Shanghai is a good place to start. Although, don't complain about the noise, you've been warned. We said... YOU'VE BEEN... oh, never mind.
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