Formula 1 drivers praise Shanghai circuit


"They won't know the answer to any of those questions".

Ecclestone added that when looking at the two open-wheel racing series' from a business standpoint, it's Formula E which immediately stands out: "There's more chance there of big, big expansion and more chances commercially than there is of changing things in Formula One".

In this era, death was expected and several of the sport's most dazzling drivers, including Clark, died in the cockpit of a racing vehicle. That day an Alfa Romeo driven by Juan Manuel Fangio.

From 1950 to 1960, the Indianapolis 500 was included as part of the championship even if very few Formula One drivers crossed the Atlantic to compete in it and homegrown racers took all the points and raced to their own rules.

Formula One's chequered history means it's nearly impossible to say what number race the Chinese Grand Prix is, even if it has generated plenty of fervour.

Fans have lived through and run the gamut of emotions from drama to extreme stress to anger to unbridled passion.

F1's first championship race was at Silverstone, England, in 1950 and it says much about how the sport has grown that its milestone grand prix is in China. If you have not, he just graduated to the most coveted seat in Motorsports.

The sport has often had a problem with anniversaries and this one is no exception. Here's to 1 000 more.

"As it's the 1000th race, I've been thinking about some of the races I remember watching when I was younger". As the third round of the season, the Chinese Grand Prix was the last of Schumacher's career wins in 2006. It feels like it's been a long time already. It's a front limited track, so you need to find a balance to get the front tyres working through the long and quick corners.

The Finn was on course for victory in Shanghai past year until a virtual safety vehicle handed it to then-Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who has yet to score a point this season for Renault, instead.

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Twelve months later Ricciardo, now a Renault driver, arrives in China with a completely different mindset and slightly on the back foot.

The German has won just once in China, when he handed Red Bull their maiden victory in 2009, before the current V6 turbo hybrid era. All signs point to this happening sooner rather than later, so be sure not to miss either of April's two races, the Chinese Grand Prix and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

An engine issue denied Charles Leclerc a spectacular first win last time out but his performance has put huge pressure on Ferrari's error-prone No.1, Sebastian Vettel, to raise his game. Then again in last race they started off really strong.

34 teams have won in F1 since the first race at Silverstone in 1950.

All that is missing then is Red Bull.

It isn't the only culprit either for Red Bull's lack of pace in Bahrain.

The world champion admits Mercedes are behind their rivals when it comes to engine performance.

The ever-tightening battle in the mid-field certainly won't relent either.

"I thought he was going to win easy".