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What you need to know ahead of Sunday’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai


Race lap record and RACE WINS

Lap distance: 5.451km.

Total distance: 305.066km (56 laps)

2017 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes – One minute 31.678 seconds.

2017 winner: Hamilton

Race lap record: Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari 1:32.238 (2004)


Hamilton has 62 victories from 210 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher (91). Vettel thus far has 49.

Ferrari have won 231 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 76 and Red Bull 55. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

Vettel has won the first two races of the season. The last Ferrari driver to do that was Schumacher in 2004.


Hamilton can set an all-time Formula One record of 28 scoring finishes in a row, having equalled Raikkonen’s previous best of 27.

Three drivers on the grid have yet to score points in their F1 careers: Rookies Charles Leclerc (Sauber) and Sergey Sirotkin(Williams) and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley.

Pierre Gasly’s fourth place in Bahrain for Toro Rosso was his first top-10 finish. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson also scored his first points since 2015 in that race.


The race made its debut on the calendar in 2004 and nine of the 14 Chinese Grands Prix have been won from pole.

Hamilton is the most successful with five wins (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017), and is the only driver to have won two years in a row.

Fernando Alonso has won twice in China (2005, 2013), Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen once each.

Mercedes have won five times, Ferrari four. The circuit saw Red Bull’s first F1 win in 2009.


Vettel won in Bahrain on his 200th start.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will be making his 100th race start this weekend.

McLaren have now gone 100 races since their last victory in 2012.