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The Chinese Grand Prix - did you know? 10 Apr 2013

Race action.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 15 April 2012 Race winner Rubens Barrichello (BRA) celebrates on the podium. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, 26 September 2004 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB5 crosses the line to win.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 19 April 2009 (L to R): Nick Fry (GBR) BAR Team Principal presents Jenson Button (GBR) BAR with a picture to commemorate his 100th GP.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19,  Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai, China, 15 October 2005 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates his win on the podium 
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 19 October 2008 Ma Qing Hua (CHN) Caterham F1 Reserve Driver.
Formula One Testing, Day 4, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 3 March 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 crosses the line to win the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 15 April 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/26 lleads at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 17 April 2011 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 15 March 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Shanghai International Circuit has been the location for the Chinese Grand Prix since its inception in 2004 and this year hosts the race for a tenth time. In preparation, we bring you some of the more noteworthy trivia about the event…

• The first Chinese Grand Prix, in 2004, was won by Rubens Barrichello for Ferrari.

• The nine previous races have produced eight different winners. Lewis Hamilton - with two victories - is the only man to win the Chinese Grand Prix more than once. Of the current grid, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg have also won the race.

• Ferrari and McLaren each have three Chinese Grand Prix victories to their name. Renault, Red Bull and Mercedes have each won the race once.

• Jenson Button has led five of the nine Chinese Grands Prix he has started. However, Fernando Alonso has led more laps of the race than any other driver.

• A number of firsts have been achieved in China:

- Sebastian Vettel gave Red Bull their first pole position and win here in 2009.

- Nico Rosberg scored his first pole position and first victory in China last year. Rosberg, son of 1982 world champion Keke, became just the third son of a Formula One Grand Prix winner to win a race himself. The others are Damon Hill (son of Graham) and Jacques Villeneuve (son of Gilles).

- Kamui Kobayashi scored his only fastest lap in China in 2012.

• Jenson Button celebrated his 100th Grand Prix start at the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix.

• Kimi Raikkonen scored Ferrari’s 200th Formula One Grand Prix victory in Shanghai in 2007.

• Sebastian Vettel scored three consecutive pole positions in China from 2009 to 2011.

• McLaren have only missed out on a podium position twice in the race’s history - in 2006 and 2009.

• McLaren have scored 156 points in the nine Chinese Grands Prix so far. Red Bull have the second highest Chinese Grand Prix points total, with 90.

• Michael Schumacher scored his 91st and final Formula One Grand Prix win in China in 2006.

• In one of the stranger incidents of recent years, Christijan Albers and Michael Schumacher both had to start the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix from the pit lane after colliding on their way to the grid.

• China is one of five host countries on the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar that have never had a driver start a Grand Prix. The others are Bahrain, Singapore, Korea and Abu Dhabi (UAE).

• The only Chinese driver to have participated in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend is Ma Qing Hua, who took part in four Free Practice sessions for HRT in 2012 and is now a reserve driver for Caterham.

• The straight between Turns 13 and 14 is 1,300m long, giving Shanghai one of the longest straights on the F1 calendar. According to Renault, drivers are at full throttle for about 49 percent of a lap of Shanghai.

• The layout of the circuit is based on the Chinese character ‘Shang’, which translates as ‘high’ or ‘above’ and gives Shanghai its name.

• Mercedes engines have powered the winning driver to victory in four of the last five Chinese Grands Prix.

• The Chinese Grand Prix has been won from pole five times out of nine, including in 2012 when Nico Rosberg did the double for Mercedes.

• There were 23 classified finishers in each of the last two Chinese Grands Prix. The record number of finishers in a Grand Prix is 24 - set at the 2011 European Grand Prix - but that record won’t be threatened this year as only 22 cars are entered for the race.

• The biggest margin between pole position and second on the grid in Chinese Grand Prix history occurred in 2011 when Sebastian Vettel beat Jenson Button to pole by 0.715 seconds.

• If Felipe Massa out-qualifies Fernando Alonso in China it will be the first time in Alonso’s F1 career that he has been out-qualified by a team mate five times in a row. The last time he was quicker than Massa in qualifying was in Abu Dhabi last year.

• Yet another top-ten finish for Kimi Raikkonen in Malaysia means that he heads to China looking for his 20th consecutive finish in the points. Michael Schumacher holds the record with 24 consecutive points finishes (from Hungary 2001 to Malaysia 2003). Can Kimi take another step towards breaking the record this weekend?

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