The 2014 Chinese GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!
F1 heads to Shanghai for the 11th time; Race exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 with the grand prix underway at 8am UK Time on Sunday
By William Esler
Last Updated: 16/04/14 8:00am
F1 makes its annual trip through the smog of downtown Shanghai to the Shanghai International Circuit for the fourth race of the 2014 season.
Built at a cost of $450m, the venue opened in 2004, hosting its inaugural grand prix that September.
So read on below as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.
The 2014 Chinese GP in a nutshell
Track: Shanghai International Circuit. Permanent circuit.
Race start time: 8am UK time Sunday (3pm local).
Track length: 5.451 km.
Tyre allocation: Medium (white) and Soft (yellow).
DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points (Pit Straight and between Turns 13 and 14).
Lap record: Michael Schumacher - 1:32.238 (Ferrari; 2004).
2013 pole: Lewis Hamilton - 1:34.484 (Mercedes).
Driver steward: Adrian Fernandez.
Sky Sports F1's schedule
Wednesday 16th April
9pm - Classic F1 - 2007 Chinese GP.
Thursday 17th April
8am - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
8:45pm - Gear up for China.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2008 Chinese GP.
Friday 18th April
2:45am - Chinese GP Practice One - Live!
6:45am - Chinese GP Practice Two - Live!
9am - Team Principals' Press Conference - Live!
11am - The F1 Show - Live!
12pm - Chinese GP Practice One - replay.
2:05pm - Chinese GP Practice Two - replay.
8pm - The F1 Show - replay.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2011 Chinese GP.
Saturday 19th April
3:45am - Chinese GP Practice Three - Live!
6am - Chinese GP Qualifying - Live!
8:45am - 1974 Season Review.
10am - Chinese GP Qualifying replay.
2pm - Chinese GP Qualifying replay.
4:45pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2013 Chinese GP.
Sunday 20th April
6:30am - The 2014 Chinese GP - Track Parade - Live!
7am - The 2014 Chinese GP - Race - Live!
10:30am - The 2014 Chinese GP - Paddock Live!
11:15am - 1975 Season Review.
2:30pm - 2014 Chinese GP - replay.
7:45pm - 2014 Chinese GP Highlights.
Fernando Alonso took his second victory in China last year to tie with Lewis Hamilton as the most successful driver at the Shanghai venue. Of the current drivers, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen are the only others to stand on top of the podium at the Chinese GP.
2013 result: 1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 4. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 5. Jenson Button (McLaren); 6. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 7. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso); 8. Paul Di Resta (Force India); 9. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 10. Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber).
Last five winners in China: 2013: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2012: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2011: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2010: Jenson Button (McLaren); 2009: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull);
Pirelli will bring the white-marked medium and yellow-banded soft compounds to the Shanghai circuit. 'With a smooth surface and some sweeping corners - including the banked Turn 13 - this versatile tyre combination is well suited to the varied demands of the Shanghai circuit,' report the tyre manufacturer.
Sky Bet odds
After back-to-back wins, Lewis Hamilton is the man Sky Bet are backing for victory in China at 8/11. Check out the full range of odds here.