2011 Chinese Grand Prix programme

2011 Chinese Grand Prix

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F1 Fanatic Chinese Grand Prix programme

Have all the important information for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix at your fingertips with the F1 Fanatic race programme:

The race weekend

2011 Chinese Grand Prix preview – Vettel aims for fifth consecutive win in China

2011 Chinese Grand Prix information – Session times, support races and more

Championship points – Sebastian Vettel has a 24-point leading heading into round three

Reserve drivers

The following changes to the usual driver line-up will be made for first practice only:

Nico Hulkenberg will drive for Force India in place of Adrian Sutil.

Daniel Ricciardo will drive for Toro Rosso in first practice in place of Jaime Alguersuari.

Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia will drive for Lotus in place of Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli.


Silver markings on soft tyres

Teams will use the hard and soft tyres this weekend, as they did for the first two races.

The yellow bands introduced in the last race to help identify the soft tyres will be replaced by silver bands in some cases due to a shortage of materials (image courtesy of Virgin on Twitter).

The track

Video preview of the Shanghai International Circuit from Williams:

Shanghai International Circui
track data

First used in 2004, the Shanghai International Circuit is hosting the eighth Chinese Grand Prix this year.

Over the winter the race organisers have worked to smooth out some of the bumps that have developed since the track was built.

Among its distinctive features are a pair of 270-degree right-handers – one at the start of the lap entered at high speed, and one preceding a 1.1km-long straight, the longest on the F1 calendar, designed to encourage overtaking.

Last year Lewis Hamilton hit a top speed of 318kph during the race before braking for the very slow turn 14 hairpin.

Full data on the Shanghai International Circuit here:

The weather

It’s often cool and wet at Shanghai for this race. Warmer conditions are expected on Friday but there’s a chance of rain on Saturday.

Following the race live

F1 Fanatic Live will be open for your comments during every session.

Join us for every lap of the race, qualifying and practice at these times:

Friday 15th April 2011

Chinese Grand Prix Free Practice 1: 10:00-11:30 (UK time: 3:00-4:30)
Chinese Grand Prix Free Practice 2: 14:00-15:30 (UK time: 7:00-8:30)

Saturday 16th April 2011

Chinese Grand Prix Free Practice 3: 11:00-12:00 (UK time: 4:00-5:00)
Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying: 14:00 (UK time: 7:00)

Sunday 17th April 2011

Chinese Grand Prix: 15:00 (UK time: 8:00)

More session times and live coverage details here:

Also make sure you follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the race weekend:

2010 Chinese Grand Prix highlights

The Red Bull drivers locked out the front row of the grid but it was the McLaren duo who scored a one-two finish on race day.

Jenson Button scored his second win for his new team as an early rain shower caught out his rivals.

2010 Chinese Grand Prix review – Button leads McLaren to one-two in wet race

Previous Chinese Grands Prix

2009 Chinese Grand Prix: Vettel leads Webber in Red Bull one-two
2008 Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on cusp of title after dominant win
2007 Chinese Grand Prix: Raikkonen win blows title race open
2006 Chinese Grand Prix: Schumacher win puts title leaders level on points
2005 Chinese Grand Prix: Renault claim constructors’ championship

Join in the 2011 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship

There’s F1 races tickets DVDs and more to be won. Play for free by guessing the top five in each race.

You can enter and edit your predictions up to the start of practice three on Saturday:

Main image design by PJ Tierney | Image © McLaren

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18 comments on “2011 Chinese Grand Prix programme”

  1. Wow! I sky rocketed from 1,018th to 236th in the predictions!

    I don’t think I got that high all of last year. Actually, I probably got much higher, just not in the predictions :P

    Here comes China!

  2. The yellow bands introduced in the last race to help identify the soft tyres will be replaced by silver bands in some cases due to a shortage of materials

    Yellow is in shortage,sounds weird doesn’t it. Then again, I haven’t a clue as to what it takes to put a yellow stripe on a tyre.

    Is the colour somehow a compound that is actually part of the tyre and not just a colour that’s applied?

    1. I think they’re just spinning the tyres and using markers to apply the colour – not sure though.

    2. No,its painted on with markers or something like that.

      1. OK, Thanks for the answers.

  3. Silver bands on the options but silver writing on the primes? Confusing…

    1. Only for Steve Slater :)

  4. God dam it ive read all the articles! Looks like i am just going to have to do that stuff called work which i have been putting off all morning!

    Oh a nd keith keep up the good work best page on the web by far!!!!

  5. The silver stripe will only confuse the issue!!!

    Also could you post a link for where you got those race preview images from? I’ve seen them all but didn’t copy the link :(

    1. The link is in the article.

  6. I’m gonna miss the race because I’m working in Paris :(

    Looks like I’m on a media blockout for 4 days until I can catch the Red Button when I get back.

    1. Y, know, I think the race banner using your poster would look better on these race programme’s if it cut off the text and the dates at the bottom. Just a thought :)

      1. Tried it, couldn’t fit perfectly with F1F’s banner dimensions. These look better as they’re more integrated with the F1F style, the Blue is awesome.

        On a related note I’ll be launching the full-season poster next week: http://www.pjtierney.net/2011/04/coming-soon-full-season-f1-poster.html

  7. Really looking forward to this. My birthday this weekend too, bonus!

    The tyre stripe change doesn’t really make much of a difference. Just ignore the colour of the writing altogether and remember Bridgestone had a stripe on their softer tyre too.

  8. The yellow bands introduced in the last race to help identify the soft tyres will be replaced by silver bands in some cases due to a shortage of materials

    What? Silver is the colour of hard tyres, how can they do something so confusing?

    1. It’s confusing.

      If you’re under the age of 6….

  9. Apip Ibrahim Rofik
    16th April 2011, 10:51

    I’m sure Sebastian Vetel will easily defeat his opponent opponent, and become champion in China F1GP 2011. because it was so perfect Vetel Sebastian took a position at the front and no one can beat his ability to control his car and support techniques and mechanics of the car and Team Red Bull Renault in maximum.

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