The Shanghai International Circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, is one of the most expensive circuit facilities, costing around US$450 million.The track is 5.451km long and features one of the trickiest corners combinations, comparible to that of Istanbul Park's turn 8. Turn 1 and 2 are a very demanding 270 degree, right handed corner combination that requires a lot of speed whilst entering and it tightens up towards the end.
It features Tilke’s trademark track feature: a long back straight followed by a hairpin turn. Current-generation F1 cars can easily surpass 300 km/h (186 mph) on the long straight between corners 13 and 14. The track layout also resembles the Chinese character shang the first word in the name of the city Shanghai, meaning "above" or "ascend". One lap is 5.5 kms (3.4 miles). The whole circuit plus seating areas and other areas for spectators, covers a total area of 5.3 km. See the Review section for further information.
Shanghai International Circuit, Jiading District, Shanghai address is No. 2000 Yining Road.
Driving to the Circuit:
1) Huqingping high-speed (A9 )---- Ka Gold high-speed (A5 )---- Baoan Road ramp up Yasutoki Lu ---- --- --- 65 within the Ring Road South Export Jin
2) Hu Jia high-speed (A12) --- Ma Lu ramp up --- --- Yasutoki Road, Baoan Road, inside the Ring Road South --- 65 --- exit into the circuit.
Circuit Tel :021-69569999
2010 Event Calendar
2010 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 16 - 18 Apr
Posted by: Steve Slater
The spectacular Shanghai facility is simply one of the most impressive venues in Formula One and a new early-season date for 2009 could trigger some dramatic action on the track for this year’s Grand Prix of China.
In terms of spectating, the facility offers huge state-of the art grandstands and great views pretty much everywhere. The stands facing the pitlane are the most popular, but for racing action head for ‘the snail’, the tightening sequence of corners through turns 1, 2 and 3. The final sequence, of the hairpin turn 14 and accelerating turns 15 and 16, make for great spectating too!
The city of Shanghai, with 14 million inhabitants is the perfect place to get a taste of the most enigmatic and populous country on earth. Take the 400km/h Maglev train from the new Pudong airport into the 21st Century commercial sector, or sweep in on motorways five storeys up, and you feel as if you are on the set of ‘Blade Runner’. Then there’s the 1930s elegance of ‘The Bund and the 24-hour bustle around the traditional Chinese ‘pudong’ dwellings – it is impossible not to be awestruck by the Shanghai experience.
The Bund is a must for any visitor. Its 1920s and 1930s art-deco architecture survived both Japanese invasion and Chairman Mao, and the buildings are now being restored to their former glory. To take in the full vista, take a water-taxi along the Huangpu River, or have a drink in the World’s highest bar. Cloud 9 is on the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower. It takes three separate lifts to get there, but the views (and the cocktails) are worth it.
The narrow streets of the Old Town (Nanshi) are situated just behind The Bund and are disappearing fast beneath modern development, so catch them while you can. Head for the relative peace of the Yu Garden and take traditional Chinese tea in the Pavillion tea house on its island in the lake.
The Bund and the Old French Concession are also packed with night-time venues. Local taxi drivers always hustle to take you off the beaten track to areas such as the notorious Maoming Lu. Just remember where the phrase “to be Shanghai’d” came from!