Chinese GP Recap

2017 Chinese GPShanghai, China  – Shanghai Intl. Circuit   April 9, 2017
Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid Team Driver Tire
1:24.191 1:23.251 1:22.188 1 MER Hamilton 
1:25.210 1:23.401 1:22.456 2 FER Vettel 
1:24.514 1:23.215 1:22.481 3 MER Bottas 
1:24.352 1:23.376 1:23.033 4 FER Raikkonen 
1:24.482 1:24.092 1:23.485 5 RBR Ricciardo 
1:25.419 1:24.718 1:24.074 6 WIL Massa 
1:25.099 1:24.597 1:24.443 7 REN Hulkenberg 
1:25.542 1:24.997 1:24.487 8 SFI Perez 
1:25.383 1:24.864 1:24.512 9 TOR Kvyat 
1:25.064 1:25.081 10 WIL Stroll 
1:24.975 1:25.091 11 TOR Sainz 
1:25.872 1:25.425 12 HAS Magnussen 
1:26.009 1:25.568 13 MCH Alonso 
1:26.236 1:26.465 14 SAU Ericsson 
1:25.970 1:23.989 DNF 15 MCH Vandoorne 
1:26.419 16 RBR Verstappen 
1:26.847 17 SFI Ocon 
1:26.858 18 SAU Giovinazzi
1:28.244 19 HAS Grosjean 
1:27.143 20 REN Palmer 

Pos. Team Driver Time Points Led Fast Avg. mph Strategy
P1 MER Hamilton  1:24:11.672 25 38 1:26.638 136.919  (23) (34)
P2 FER Vettel  +9.975s 18 16 1:27.033 136.298 (17) (40)
P3 RBR Verstappen  +11.250s 15 2 1:26.593 136.990 (25) (32)
P4 RBR Ricciardo  +22.393s 12 1 1:26.538 137.077  (26) (31)
P5 FER Raikkonen  +28.827s 10 0 1:26.964 136.406 (25) (32)
P6 MER Bottas  +83.386s 8 0 1:28.045 134.731  (20) (37)
P7 TOR Sainz  +1 Lap 6 0 1:28.336 134.287 (17) (39)
P8 HAS Magnussen  +1 Lap 4 0 1:27.677 135.297 (18) (38)
P9 SFI Perez  +1 Lap 2 0 1:26.711 136.804 (34) (15) (7)
P10 SFI Ocon  +1 Lap 1 0 1:28.475 134.076 (15) (41)
P11 HAS Grosjean  +1 Lap 0 0 1:28.486 134.060 (16) (14) (26)
P12 REN Hulkenberg  +2 Laps 0 0 1:29.052 133.208 (15) (40)
P13 REN Palmer  +2 Laps 0 0 1:29.440 132.630 (9) (46)
P14 WIL Massa  Floor 0 0 1:30.077 131.692 (16) (34)
P15 SAU Ericsson  Puncture 0 0 1:27.568 135.465 (1) (43) (2)
DNF MCH Alonso  Brakes 0 0 1:29.389 132.705 (5) (24) (11)
DNF TOR Kvyat  Power Unit 0 0 1:29.447 132.619 (25)
DNF MCH Vandoorne  Crash 0 0 1:32.052 128.866 (21)
DNF SAU Giovinazzi Brakes 0 0 1:32.195 128.667 (15)
DNF WIL Stroll  Water Leak 0 0 1:30.183 131.537 (13)

2017 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

US Track of the Month – San Diego GP – Fiesta Island

 

Our first US Track of the Month features the wonderful city of San Diego. Fiesta Island, set in Mission Bay, San Diego is set up as a natural track that could provide some great racing.

Length
Sector 1
Sector 2
Sector 3

 

Pros

Little Civic Interference –

Parking – Sea World has a large parking lot nearby that would be able to handle the spectators.

Beach Setting – While we already are given a race on an island (Canada), I’m not sure the beach setting is captured in any other setting.

Travel Destination – San Diego is a great place to spend a weekend. No offense to Austin, TX but it is not neccesarrily a destination that many people would think of when traveling.

Cons

Slim Road – The road would likely need to be widened in some areas to promote a better race. Circuits like Baku can be very slim and harmful to the race, but they also do not have the option to widen things.

Infrastructure – There is plenty of space for fans and the teams to set up, but the issue would likely be with the dirt and the one way in and out.

 

I’m not familiar with how much work goes into these locations, before they are ready for hosting a grand prix in both the sense of the infrastructure as well as prepping the track itself, but at least there would be very little interference as opposed to a downtown setting that is used by many everyday.

 

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