F1 2013 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

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As the Formula 1 three week break comes to an end, drivers and teams are preparing for round 3 of the 2013 Formula 1 world championship, the Chinese grand prix.
Nico Rosberg picked up his first win in Formula 1 at this track last year and he will be looking to do the same this year.

With Rosberg winning so dominantly last year, Rosberg, along with new signing Lewis Hamilton and team Mercedes will be looking for victory again.

The Shanghai International Circuit is a race track, situated in the Jiading District of Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. The circuit is best known as the venue for the annual Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 2004. The track consists of 16 corners, 9 right and 7 left.

The lap record is held by Michael Schumacher, set in 2004 and it was a 1:32:238 around the 5.541km (3.387mi) circuit.
One of the most bizarre accidents to happen in Formula 1 at the circuit was before the race even started, when in 2005 Schumacher was coasting to the grid and Crisjian Albers came steaming up to him and hit him. It destroyed both their cars, ripping Schumacher’s left front suspension to pieces.

Lewis Hamilton also has had his up and downs at the circuit. In 2007 coming into the pits, he ran into the gravel and being unable to get out, he had to retire and that effectively lost him his first world championship in his debut season of Formula 1. The year after in 2008, he stormed to victory and in 2011 gave a sensational drive to catch Sebastian Vettel and win the race, putting an end to the 4 race winning streak from Vettel. Hamilton with new team Mercedes will be looking to make it win number three at this circuit on Sunday.

But as 2013 comes, two different winners from the first two races, will get we get a third, just like in 2012? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Interesting Chinese grand prix fact: Lewis Hamilton, Jenson button and Kimi Raikkonen each have 4 podium finishes at the Chinese grand prix.

Contributed to f1.co.uk by @SCollinsF1

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