T he Formula 1 is celebrating the 1,000 races in its history on this race weekend. China has drawn the lucky ticket to be allowed to host the historic event. But the Grand Prix in Shanghai presented the Formula 1 organizers with a few unsolvable tasks. Keyword customs and visas. China is no exception for the big anniversary race.
Due to the (financial) hurdles, Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is only hosting a small party. At least a few old cars made it into the paddock. On Thursday, the paddock was spiced up with a Williams FW15C from 1993, a Stewart SF01 from 1997 and a Lotus E20 from 2012. In addition, those responsible exhibited various model cars, hung old racing suits and paintings in the paddock and decorated it with portraits of all world champions.
Pictures from Shanghai in gallery
The 20 current drivers took care of the day-to-day business . As usual on a Thursday before a Grand Prix, they looked carefully at every inch of the racetrack. The 5.541 kilometer long Shanghai International Circuit has a few pitfalls. For example the first corner section - called the snail curve.
Renault probably has the most upgrades to offer. The R.S. 19 has been renewed in many places. The engineers report new brake ventilation in the front, changes to the front suspension, new parts for the fairing and a different diffuser. Mercedes is also upgrading. The world championship team worked again on the front wing. The Silver Arrows hope for the third success of the season. Competitor Ferrari absolutely wants to prevent that.
In our photo show we show you the best pictures from Thursday from Shanghai.