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Chinese GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview

By Williams Martini Racing
April 11 2018

After suffering a difficult weekend in Bahrain the Williams Martini team moves to the Shanghai circuit for the 2018 Chinese GP. No doubt the Williams team is again looking at the possibility of another difficult race weekend but they are still pushing to achieve a better result and aim to secure their first points of the season. Both team drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin are new to this circuit but both are hoping to deliver a better result in Shanghai.

2018 Chinese GP Preview
GP Circuit

Welcome to China! Shanghai presents the third race, and the first back-to-back, of the season. Whilst teams focus on on-track performance, itís easy to ignore the logistical challenge this race brings. The beginning of the season is a constant race to manufacture and deliver car parts to the track, and with races back-to-back, each teamís machine shop will be working overdrive to deliver everything in time. The team endured a difficult weekend in Bahrain and is working hard on finding solutions going forward. For China, Pirelli has made available the medium, soft and ultrasoft tyres.

We head to China for the first back-to-back race of the season. The Shanghai International Circuit is a great track with some demanding high-speed corners and a long back straight which is traditionally good for overtaking. It is an important race as it is an exciting new market for Formula one with a rapidly growing fan base. It has produced some thrilling races over the years especially because the weather can be a bit challenging which tends to give some twists to the weekend. It can also be very cold at this time of year - one of the coldest races of the season Ė so always remember to bring your warm clothes to China!

GP Tyre Selection Stroll
GP Tyre Selection Sirotkin
China is quite a difficult track with difficult weather conditions which can affect tyre wear and car behaviour. It has some very nice long, high-speed corners as well as quite good overtaking opportunities, and it probably has one of the heaviest braking zones of the season. So yeah, itís a challenging track and itís really new to me. I know that itís not going to be easy but hopefully with a good amount of laps and some clean running, we can build our confidence and deliver a better result in Shanghai.

Last year the weather wasnít great and I remember it being quite foggy, wet and cold at the start of the weekend. This aside, it is a good track to drive as it has high speed corners and there is a nice flow to it. Last year in qualifying we were quite competitive, but then it was a shame what happened in the race. Hopefully we will have some better weather this year, a better result and that it will be an enjoyable weekend.

Race Data
Practice 1: 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2: 14:00 - 15:30
Practice 3: 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying: 14:00 Ė 15:00
Sunday: Race: 14:10
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