THE MAIN EVENT

F1 Racing - - RACE PREVIEW -

F1 heads from Mel­bourne 8000km north to China for the sec­ond round of the 2017 world cham­pi­onship. The Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit is a typ­i­cal, mod­ern, Her­man Tilke-de­signed fa­cil­ity, first used in 2004.

The track is char­ac­terised by long-ra­dius, late-apex cor­ners that en­gen­der un­der­steer, and the front-left tyre suf­fers on the two right-handed, snail-shaped sec­tions, Turns 1-3 and Turns 12 and 13. Get­ting a good exit out of the lat­ter is cru­cial for driv­ers look­ing to use a com­bi­na­tion of a slip­stream and DRS to line up a pass into the tight Turn 14 hair­pin at the end of the straight.

Shang­hai in early spring can be quite chilly, and since this will be the first time the medium com­pound tyre is used this year, teams will be try­ing to bal­ance the need to gen­er­ate heat against the need to avoid front-tyre wear.

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