Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix will be held from April 12 to April 14,
and this year marks the 10th run of this thrilling international event in China.
 
  Highlights 2013
   
In 2013, we'll celebrate the 10th anniversary of Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix. The previous 9 events have produced a total of 8 champions, of whom Hamilton won twice (2008 and 2010). Up to now no one has ever been crowned champion for two consecutive years, and whether someone will be this year remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the 2013 F1 Chinese Grand Prix will see 5 world champions battle it out.
 
Vettel
fighting for his 4th consecutive win
Sebastian Vettel, who snatched three world championships in 2013, is all set to fight for his 4th win. The rules of the 2013 season remain unchanged, and that's good news for the German and Red Bull. As Adrian Newey has been constantly improving his design since 2009, 2013's RB will outperform all of its predecessors.
Hamilton
saving the day for Mercedes
Hamilton's being signed up to Mercedes in 2012 grabbed headlines. He said that he wants new challenges and hopes to lead Mercedes to glory. Although the prospects for Mercedes-Benz, which had only 1 win during the last season, are not good, Hamilton is likely to make it to the podium again with his experiences with McLaren and his driving acumen.
Raikkonen
coming back
After two years with WRC, Raikkonen returned to F1's first season with his surprising performance. He was the only driver who earned points in 19 out of 20 races. (Alonso 18 races, Vettel 17 races) and ended up with a third place in the annual rankings. The only regret was that Lotus E20 didn't perform well in qualifying. If the car could perform well in qualifying too, Raikkonen is very likely to win the world title like Alain Prost in 2013.
 
Perez's
first show with McLaren
In 2013, McLaren will lay a bet on the duo of Perez, a Mexican young driver, and Button. In the last season, Perez went through his paces in many races, but he's still not a match for his predecessor Hamilton and current teammate Button in terms of stability, vision and tactics. But in the first year, he's girded himself up for a Grand Prix win to do McLaren proud.
Alonso
eyeing his 3rd championship
Although Alonso lost to Vettel by only 3 points in the scramble for world championship, he has been named "Driver of the Season" repeatedly, which reflects that his personal skills and leadership qualities have been highly recognized. Since 2008, Ferrari has not won a single title. Therefore, Alonso will pick up steam to reverse his 2012 loss by just 3 points and fight for his 3rd world championship.
 
 
  Highlights in Review
   
Flick through a few pages of the history book of F1 Chinese Grand Prix and we'll have memories of electrifying and riveting races flooding back. Schumacher, Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Barton - these megawatt names have bestowed upon us a raft of engrossing moments.
 
 
Barrichello who started from pole beat out his teammate Schumacher. Amid the rousing cheers of fans, he held the lead all the way, and notched up a win in 1 hour 29 minutes 12 seconds 420. Not only did he win his first championship of F1 Chinese Grand Prix, but also became the F1 driver runner-up of the season.
 
With his archrivals Raikkonen and Schumacher hot on his heels on the league table, Renault's Alonso obtained pole, and, with the help of his teammate Fisichella, first crossed the finish line, winning Renault the title of the year.
 
Schumacher, who was not considered a champion hopeful, overtook other racers one after another, miraculously played catch-up from the sixth to the first and ultimately obtained his first Chinese Grand Prix championship. It is worth mentioning that Schumacher didn't even earn a point in the Chinese Grand Prix of the previous two years. He impressed the Chinese fans by turning the tables on his rivals.
 
 
As Hamilton was out of commission because his tire deteriorated during the race, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was in the lead and repeatedly recorded fastest laps. Eventually, he won the race, and the 10 points he earned moved him much closer to the much coveted world championship of the year.
 
Hamilton's win came as a big surprise considering that he had to drop out of the previous Chinese Grand Prix in the previous season. He started from pole and during the entire race he didn't give his opponents any chance.
 
In the heavy rain, Sebastian Vettel, a 22-year-old young man from Germany, won the pole position and proved himself a champion hopeful with his convincing and stable performance. From the moment the safety car entered the track to start the race to the 56th lap, Vettel was in the lead and coasted to the F1 Chinese Grand Prix championship.
 
 
Rain made the results of the scrum unpredictable, and a right tire strategy was critical for all teams. McLaren helped its driver Jenson Button get a favorable position. Ultimately, banking on a mistake of his main rival Nico Rosberg, Button successfully won the title, and thus became the 7th champion in the history of the Chinese Grand Prix.
 
Soon after the race started, Hamilton outdistanced Vettel who started from the pole position. But things turned ugly when tire failure made him lag behind Vettel before his last stop. However, in the 5th last lap, Hamilton saved the day and became the first driver to bag the Chinese Grand Prix title twice.
 
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg started from the pole position and waltzed to his first personal championship in a Grand Prix and he was also the first champion since the Mercedes team was established. Schumacher, who started in the front row, had to drop out of the race in the 13th lap because of a mistake in the Mercedes maintenance area and left his last Chinese Grand Prix in his career with regret.
 
 
  F1 Carnival
   

"Classic Shanghai, Elegant Jiading - F1 Carnival" is timed to coincide with Shanghai Auto Culture Festival and F1 Chinese Grand Prix from April 12 to April 14. It is to be jointly organized by Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, Jiading District Government and Shanghai Jiushi Corporation. The Carnival will be managed by Jiading District Tourism Administration, Shanghai Juss Event Management Co., Ltd., Anting Shanghai International Automobile City, Shanghai Tourist Attractions Branch of Shanghai Tourism Association and Shanghai International Conference Management Organisation.

Organizers intend to use F1, which has been successfully held in China for 9 years, as an influential brand to generate more publicity for Shanghai. Hopefully, it will help publicize the city's classic attractions and attract more visitors to Shanghai and one of the city's districts Jiading.

Date: April 12-14, 2012
Venue: Shanghai International Circuit Fountain Plaza

 
  Things to do
  Shanghai tourism resources and products promotion zone
Attractions, hotels and leading travel agencies have special offers for visitors. Free tickets and souvenirs are to be provided.
 
  Shanghai shopping and foods promotion zone
Gourmet foods courtesy of the organizations which have been honored with the "Shanghai Must-Eat Award" are on display to help visitors understand Shanghai better.
 
  Urban tourism interactive zone
Highly interactive experiences await visitors. Photos are on display to publicize Shanghai's famous attractions, landmarks, culture and festivals.
 
 
 
 
Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration