Formula One
Formula One - Chinese Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 14
SITE: Shanghai International Circuit (2004) -- Shanghai, China
TRACK: 5.451 km (3.386 miles), 16-turn road course.
CAPACITY: 29,000 (Grandstand seating), 200,000 (overall)
ANNUAL: 10th
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
START TIME: 3 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, April 13/2 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Nico Rosberg
RUNNER-UP: Jenson Button
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (finished 1)
LAPS: 56
MILES: 189.568 (305.066 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2011 (1 min., 33.706 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2004 (1 hr., 29 mins., 12.420 secs.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Nico Rosberg16Romain Grosjean10
2Jenson Button57Bruno Senna14
3Lewis Hamilton78Pastor Maldonado13
4Mark Webber69Fernando Alonso9
5Sebastian Vettel1110Kamui Kobayashi3
2012 Chinese Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 189.778 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 36 mins., 26.929 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 20.626 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 23
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 17
FASTEST LAP: Kamui Kobayashi, 1:39.960, lap 40
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (1:35.121)
Past Chinese Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Nico Rosberg (1) -- Mercedes -- 189.778 kph/1:36:26.929
2011 -- Lewis Hamilton (3) - McLaren -- 188.758 kph/1:36:58.226
2010 -- Jenson Button (5) -- McLaren -- 171.541 kph/1:46:42.163
2009 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 155.447 kph/1:57:43.485
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton (1) -- McLaren -- 199.049 kph/1:31:57.403
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen (2) -- Ferrari -- 186.826 kph/1:37:58.395
2006 -- Michael Schumacher (6) -- Ferrari -- 187.644 kph/1:37:32.747
2005 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- Renault -- 183.234 kph/1:36:53.618
2004 -- Rubens Barrichello (1) -- Ferrari -- 205.313 kph/1:29:12.420
Past Chinese Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Nico Rosberg -- 1
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 2
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 6
2009 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 19
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 2
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
2004 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Malaysian Grand Prix (March 24)
SITE: Sepang International Circuit -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
LAPS: 56
MILES: 192.887 (310.408 km)
WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Mark Webber
THIRD: Lewis Hamilton
FOURTH: Nico Rosberg
FIFTH: Felipe Massa
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 38 mins., 56.681 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 188.231 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.298 secs.
Chinese Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3 *Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
5Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Nico Rosberg------1116151535Won
Jenson Button2845163Won42
Lewis Hamilton---------19Won62Won3
Mark Webber107810142834
Sebastian Vettel---------49Won625
Fernando Alonso4Won2249479
Felipe Massa861832199613
Kimi Raikkonen3221Won310------14
 
Mover of the Week
Jean-Eric Vergne - started 17 and finished 10
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit is round 3 on the 2013 Formula One calendar.

This will be the 10th running of the Chinese GP. The race made its F1 debut on Sept. 26, 2004, which was won by Rubens Barrichello when he drove for Ferrari at the time. Barrichello also started on the pole for this event.

Lewis Hamilton is the only multiple winner of the Chinese GP. Hamilton's victories came in 2008, his F1 world championship season, and 2011.

Fernando Alonso (2005), Jenson Button (2010), Kimi Raikkonen (2007), Nico Rosberg (2012) and Sebastian Vettel (2009) are the other drivers competing in this weekend's race that have won in China in the past.

Rosberg scored his maiden F1 race and pole wins in last year's Chinese GP. The Mercedes driver put on a dominating performance during the 56-lap race, as he beat Button to the finish line by a whopping 20.626 seconds.

The race winner in the Chinese GP has started on the pole position five times.

Round 4 in this year's F1 world championship is the April 21 Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain. Sebastian Vettel won last year's race there.

04/09 14:44:52 ET

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