F1 - Chinese Grand Prix
F1 - Chinese Grand Prix
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As a leg of the prestigious Formula One World Championship, the Chinese Grand Prix draws top F1 driving talent to Shanghai every April, and the city's hottest nightclubs host parties to welcome the influx of racing celebrities and moneyed spectators. The race takes place in Shanghai's northernmost suburb, Jiading, at the Shanghai International Circuit. The 5.451km track was designed by Hermann Tike, and the distinct layout – made to look like the Chinese character shang (上) as in Shanghai – features a particularly difficult corner combination that can trip up many drivers.
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Tricky Duck
Rotherham, UK637 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Travelled a long way to see this event which was a bargain price for quality seats on the start finish line but way up in the gods!

It’s was a trek up three stories so not for those with a weak heart. It was suggested there was one lift but we did not see it.

There we no concessions on the level. For some reason people paid for seat but insisted standing effectively blocking the view on occasions. People also stood in the stair wells, a dangerous practice not allowed at many other circuits.

Access to the track was easy on the metro which stops right outside the main entrance.

There were some displays and merchandise stands before entry. Security was very strict as is everywhere in Shanghai so allow a little extra time for searching and scanners.

There are several screens above the pit lanes so that was very helpful even though you have a great view of some of the in field.

Top tip pay for the better seats and take in soft drinks and a snack to save walking down the stairs.
Written 21 May 2019
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Gulfstream Pilot
Farnborough, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Business
What an experience to see these athletes in action, the sound and the thrill of the crowds was electric! Well ochestrated event and the box we were in was perfectly situated with champagne going down faster than the racing cars we were watching. The organisation was excellent and it was effortless from the time we touched down, and the chaffeur picked us up from the hangar. Great venue for the event!
Written 13 May 2019
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Vixter247
Beijing, China115 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The track is good and ticket prices are really reasonable compared to other countries.

It's easy to get there on the subway and the track has it's own designated stop which is great. Less than an hour from downtown subway lines.

If you are looking for a more upmarket type experience though you might be disappointed. Once inside there are beers and there is food, but it's mostly burgers, fried foods and noodles etc. The lines to pay are small and quick, or you could take your own food in, which we did. Beers are about 3ormb, which is the most expensive can of Heiniken (Sponsor) I've had in China. There was a wine tent too but it is mostly beer.

The grassy areas are not too packed and the stand offers excellent views.

Written 25 April 2019
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Nath A
Cornwall, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I went to the April 2019 (1000th) race event and whilst it may not have been 'the best race', my review is written very much from the perspective of the attraction/circuit rather than the race itself. Although I have attended a number of races in the past, this is my first time reviewing the circuit/attraction as I felt I needed to as I feel there are number of unjustified negative (perhaps slightly older?) reviews and also none that really provide too much info - so I'm hoping this will be of some us to others in the future.

We coincided a visit to Shanghai with the race as timings and holidays just seemed to fit together. We've wanted to visit Shanghai for a while, and when we saw the race coincided with holiday time, we thought we might as well go for it. We found the price very reasonable - a bronze tier ticket (on the hairpin which is where most the action happens - we saw a number of overtakes/lock ups) was just over £100, much cheaper than many of the European races and certainly Silverstone (my 'local' race).

It is certainly a different F1 experience compared to the more established/European races. On track, F2 do not go there so there is limited support races (Chinese F4 and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia) although they were not too bad to watch - the Porsche one in particular was very good and saw quite a bit of action.

Off track - admittedly, there is less in terms of food and merchandise opportunities. Given the race is sponsored by Heineken, your drink options are somewhat limited - Heineken or a soft drink! But in my opinion, for an event that big and compared to other races on the calendar/other global sporting events, food and drink are very reasonably priced (approx £3.50 for Heineken, £1.20 for soft drinks and various food offerings - a pizza and 2 drinks was just under £15). Merchandise wise, there are few stands selling items for the big teams but nothing on the scale of other races.

However, above all, you are going for the F1 and the experience doesn't disappoint. Seats in the right areas give an excellent view of the track - I would recommend the hairpin (although some of the general admission seemed to offer good views too) and all 'seated' areas offer a large TV screen so you can see what is happening on the whole race. If you can run quick enough, you would probably be able to get close to the podium at the end from most places, although we didn't attempt this!

In terms of getting to/into the circuit. Transport wise, it was not as problematic as I was expecting. We attended all three days using the metro (the circuit has it's own stop right outside on line 11) and it was never a problem. We left our hotel slightly earlier on race day (approx 8.30) and although people were standing, I wouldn't describe it as overcrowded. Of course it is busier on exit, but there is a very good queuing system which moves quicker than you would expect and quicker than it looks - that said, we did stay behind for about an hour before exiting. Once we joined the end of the queue, we were on the metro within half an hour. Security and turnstile wise, no problems and it ran very efficiently - no more than five minutes to get through.

Overall a very good experience, if not slightly lacking off-track compared to other events on the calendar. From a European perspective, I wouldn't suggest visiting specifically for this, but if you are visiting Shanghai anyway, are touring the circuits or need it to 'tick off the list', it is certainly worth the trip.
Written 21 April 2019
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Henk B
Curaçao17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
I have been in different GP's and its interesting to see the cultural clash between west and east
Nice track; good overview from the stands
Written 6 August 2018
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Mick
Brisbane, Australia178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Getting to the Track was easy via public transport, the views of the track were good and the layout made it simple to get around.
Written 5 May 2018
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Brock E
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
Yeah those of you who have been to other F1 races in the world will know this is second-rate. Usually $8 lattes are acceptable begrudgingly because the city puts on a great show for the fans. Shanghai doesn't. It's just F1. If you're an F1 fan I wouldn't really recommend. No good food, drinks, marquees, sideshows, cars on display. They literally couldn't have tried less. That said, the granstands are fantastic and offer some of the best viewing in the world, being able to see so much of the track from the main grandstand and both the H and K sections. 'Big screens' are few and far between and GOOD LUCK HEARING ANY COMMENTARY over the "speakers" in the stands - even with these whisper-quiet engines. They sell slabs of beer at the circuit which you can take back to your seats - enter everyone's favourite tourist - drunk Australians /s. Bad idea.

Anyone who has rated this 4 or 5 stars has never been to a good Grand Prix - Melbourne, Singapore, Silverstone, Texas.

Race was 10/10 and the only saving grace for my race weekend. No thanks to Shanghai.
Written 19 April 2018
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Ashhab21
Dhaka City, Bangladesh29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
My first live F1 experience was truly a memorable one. I was a little hesitant to pick Shanghai as the reviews were not all that great.

But in my view those reviews were either misleading, or Shanghai simply turned it up a notch in 2018. The entire event was neatly organised and there were a lot of stuff to do.

I bought a 2 day pass in the main pit lane grand stand (upper tier). The location is ideal as you get a great view or the start-finish straight, pit lane and almost 40% of the track. Outside the track there were merchandise stores, F1 experience stores where you can practice pitstops, F1 Esports booth where you can compete in sprint races with 9 others. To beat the queue to these events, i went to the event at 9:30 on race-day morning and it was a very good decision. Its so easy to come to circuit using the metro.

Food options are limited inside the facility, but outside there is an automobile carnival going on and there are multiple food courts there.

Overall it was a great experience. I would highly recommend to any F1 fan!
Written 15 April 2018
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Russell V
Auckland Central, New Zealand87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We had booked our trip around attending the F1 but the schedule was changed by F1 and we were now a week early. Too expensive to change our itinerary but seeing the track was a must. The place was being setup when we arrived. You need to pay 100 RMB for a couple and do the 40 minute tour. You get to see areas otherwise restricted to the public.
Find Costa Coffee and there’s a small unassuming kiosk where you buy the ticket. Stand outside the main admission gate and the coffee shop is to the right hand side.
Informative tour with ample opportunities for photographs.
FYI you might have trouble hailing a 🚕
Written 8 April 2018
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Travis_Travellers
Bowral, Australia49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We have been to Australian GP 5 times, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan once. And now China. Never again would we go to this race. While the race was good and the view from High Grandstand was fantastic that is about all it has going for it. No food or beverage available in the stands. Long queues for everything including trying to get in. We missed the driver parade on Sunday cause it took 45 minutes to get through security. Only alcohol available inside the track was beer so my wife drank water everyday when she would usually drink champagne. There was no on track entertainment and nothing after the event. All in all this was by far the worst F1 we have attended. Save your money and head to Singapore or Japan if you live in Australia!! Overseas the same goes bit Australian F1 is also well worth the trip.
Written 21 April 2017
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