Race Preview: China
All you need to know before Alex goes racing in Shanghai
17 Apr 2024
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The Chinese Grand Prix is back on the Formula 1 calendar after a five-year absence and returns to the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend.
Designed by Hermann Tilke, this track first saw F1 action in 2004 and has remained almost entirely unchanged in the two decades since its inception.
This 16-turn track starts with a long straight before a seemingly endless first corner that blends into a second as the cars turn through 270 degrees, twisting back the other way for 3 and 4.
Highlighting sector two are turns 7 and 8, which produce immense G-forces, leaving no respite for the drivers.
In the final sector, a 1.2-kilometre straight runs between the 13th and 14th corners, providing ample opportunity for overtaking.
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Due to the Grand Prix’s absence, Alex has raced just the one time on the Shanghai International Circuit, which came during his Formula 1 debut season back in 2019 with Toro Rosso.
Our No.23 recovered remarkably after a big crash during FP3, which prevented him from taking part in Qualifying and subsequently saw him start race day from the pit lane.
Albono clawed his way back and held off Haas' Romain Grosjean on the final lap to finish a remarkable P10 for one point while claiming Driver of the Day in the process.
Hopefully, Alex can make an even more successful return to China this weekend!
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