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Chinese prepare to party at season finale 16 Sep 2005

Grid girl with the Chinese flag.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, 26 September 2004 The Chinese GP Media Welcome Party.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, 24 September 2004 Shanghai city by night.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, 24 September 2004 The very impressive display befroe the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai, China, 26 September 2004 Grid girl for Felipe Massa (BRA)
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, 26 September 2004

Who says the Chinese don’t show emotion? Not Shanghai International Circuit (SIC), who have dispelled the myth with the announcement of ‘F1 Passion’, a carnival-style party to bring the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship to a close after the second Chinese Grand Prix on October 16.

“In the past year, sports fans in China have really got behind motorsport and Formula One has a rapidly growing fan base here, I thought it would be good to give our supporters something in return,” said Yu Zhifei, General Manager of SIC’s Management and Development company. “This party represents the very essence of the sport, passion.

“Alongside the Olympics and the World Cup, Formula One is one of very few truly global sports. We believe this year’s race will be even more entertaining than last year with lots of action both on and off the track to keep Chinese motorsport fans coming back for more. What better way to end a great weekend’s racing than with a proper F1 party capturing the spirit of both the sport and Chinese culture.”

The special event will take place in the Shanghai stadium and will feature a wide variety of entertainment with Danish rock band, Michael Learns To Rock (MLTR) headlining. The act enjoy a huge following in China and their set will mark their second performance of the day following a brief pre-race appearance at SIC.

Naturally drivers, teams and key Formula One personnel will be invited to the carnival alongside prominent personalities from across China and organisers hope the event will bring the 2005 season to a close in a fusion of true Chinese and Formula One style.