THE MAIN EVENT
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.