Much like the city it resides in, the Shanghai International Circuit is a wonderful combination of the traditional and the modern. Designed to showcase Shanghai's splendour to the world, authorities spared no expense in creating this modern track, housed in stunning contemporary architecture, at an overall cost of £132 million. The track itself is inspired by Chinese culture, with the designers drawing inspiration from the Chinese ‘shang' symbol (meaning ‘high' or ‘above').
The first Chinese F1 Grand Prix took place in 2004, and since 2009 it has been one of the opening races on the Formula 1 calendar.
With an overall length of 5.451 m, the track includes 7 left and 7 right turns. The longest straight runs parallel to the Dragster track between turn 13 and 14 and has a length of 1.175 m. The standard width of the track is between 13 m and 15 m, in turns it expands up to 20 m (turn 13). Further unique characteristics of the track layout are turns with snail-like narrowing from turn 1 to 3, turns with snail-like expansion (turn 10 to 12) and two pointed turns on turn 5 and turn 13.
With its highly technical low speed sections, winding turns and exceptional high-speed straights, Shanghai International Circuit offers a thrilling spectator experience through challenging and intense racing opportunities.