April 14 (Reuters) - Facts and figures for Sunday’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix:
Circuit: Shanghai International Circuit
Lap distance: 5.451km/3.387 miles
Total distance: 56 laps (305.066km/189.568 miles)
Race lap record: Michael Schumacher (Germany) 1:32.238 (Ferrari, 2004).
Race start time: 0700 GMT
2009 pole: Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1:36.184
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Leading drivers’ results in China:
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Felipe Massa R 2 3 R 6 8 Fernando Alonso 9 4 2 2 1 4 Sebastian Vettel 1 9 4 - - - Jenson Button 3 16 5 4 8 2 Nico Rosberg 15 15 16 11 - - Lewis Hamilton 6 1 R - - - Robert Kubica 13 6 R 13 - - Mark Webber 2 14 10 8 7 10 Adrian Sutil 17 R R - - - Michael Schumacher - - - 1 R 12 Vitantonio Liuzzi - - 6 10 - - Rubens Barrichello 4 11 15 6 12 1 Sebastien Buemi 8 - - - - - Pedro de la Rosa - - - 5 - - Heikki Kovalainen 5 R 9 - - - Jarno Trulli R R 13 R 15 - Timo Glock 7 7 - - - -
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2009 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Vettel gave Red Bull their first Formula One victory in a one-two finish with team mate Mark Webber. The track was wet and slippery, with the first eight laps behind the safety car. Webber described it as “right on the edge in terms of safety”. Ferrari failed to score for the third race in succession.
2008 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
Hamilton put himself on the brink of becoming Formula One’s youngest champion with his fifth win of the season. Ferrari’s Massa finished second after team mate Raikkonen let him pass.
2007 - Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
Hamilton started on pole but his dreams of winning the title in China evaporated when he skidded off into the gravel at the pit lane entry on lap 31. The Briton, struggling on worn tyres, had already been passed by Raikkonen, who went on to secure his fifth win of the season. Alonso finished second to keep his championship hopes alive to the final race.
2006 - Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
Schumacher’s last grand prix win, from sixth on the grid, taking him back to the top of the championship for the last time as well. Alonso was second but would have been third had team mate Giancarlo Fisichella not let him through.
2005 - Fernando Alonso (Renault)
Alonso handed Renault their first constructors’ title. McLaren’s hopes vanished when Juan Pablo Montoya hit a loose manhole cover and retired. Schumacher collided with Dutch driver Christijan Albers on the formation lap.
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The circuit is designed by Hermann Tilke and shaped like the Chinese character “shang” meaning “high” or “above”. To the northeast of Shanghai, it can seat 200,000 people.
There are seven left and seven right turns. The main overtaking chance is turn one and the end of the back straight. The longest straight is more than 1km long with cars hitting top speeds of more than 330kph.
Compiled by Alan Baldwin, editing by Alison Wildey; To query or comment on this story email email@example.com