Formula 1: 2024 Chinese Grand Prix Preview, Predictions, Race Schedule and Circuit Information

Formula 1: 2024 Chinese Grand Prix Preview, Predictions, Race Schedule and Circuit Information

Ero Samson
updated at April 16, 2024 at 7:43 AM
  • Formula 1 returns to the Shanghai International Circuit for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix
  • The remainder of the teams on the Formula 1 grid are eyeing their chances of catching Red Bull Racing
  • Sports Brief provides an extensive preview, predictions, and details ahead of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix

Five years and 108 races later, Formula 1 makes its much-anticipated return to China for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix. Much has changed since the sport last graced the iconic Shanghai International Circuit in 2019.

The most significant shift is the alteration in power dynamics among the teams on the F1 grid. Mercedes AMG, once the undisputed dominant force, have witnessed a decline in its supremacy, with Red Bull Racing now not only asserting dominance but also holding the sport firmly in its grasp.

The Austrian team are poised to capitalise on their impressive performance at the Japanese Grand Prix, setting the stage for another thrilling round of wheel-to-wheel racing akin to the excitement witnessed at the Suzuka racing circuit.

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Red Bull Racing duo, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, dominated the race weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix. Image: Mark Thompson.
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In light of the return of Formula 1 to the Shanghai International circuit and with the weekend shaping up to be another enthralling round of race action, Sports Brief takes a peek at an extensive preview, predictions and all that is needed to be known ahead of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix.

Chinese Grand Prix schedule

The 2024 Chinese Grand Prix is set to unfold from April 19 to April 21, offering fans a captivating lineup of exhilarating sessions and events spread across three action-packed days.

April 19:

- Practice 1 kicks off at 11:30 (GMT +8)

- Sprint qualification follows at 15:30 (GMT +8)

April 20:

- The Sprint Race commences at 11:30 (GMT +8)

- Grand Prix Qualifying continues at 15:00 (GMT +8)

April 21:

- The main Race begins at 15:00 (GMT +8)

Chinese Grand Prix Preview

The return of Formula 1 to the Shanghai International Circuit ensured, for the first time in the sport's 74-year history, that 24 races are held in a year.

The Chinese race, which had always been a fixture on the F1 calendar since its debut in 2004, was suspended for the last four years due to the Coronavirus pandemic that broke out in 2019.

However, a lot has changed since the last Grand Prix held in Shanghai. Formula 1 has undergone significant changes, transitioning from the turbo hybrid era to the ground effect era. Alongside these regulatory shifts came a change in the dominant team on the grid, with Mercedes AMG fading from their former glory and Red Bull Racing emerging as the new force to be reckoned with.

The Austrian team have won all but three of the races held since the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, and this impeccable form by Red Bull is expected to continue in China.

The Chinese GP will also be the race to open the floodgates to the six proposed sprint races of the 2024 season.

The race weekend will feature just one free practice session before we witness qualifying and Sprint actions ahead of the Grand Prix on Sunday.

A flurry of drivers will be eyeing an opportunity to move further up the drivers' standings and, if possible, challenge Red Bull for a victory in any of the events.

However, one driver who undoubtedly will be under the spotlight this race weekend will be Stake F1's, Zhou Guanyu.

The young Chinese finally gets a chance to race at his home Grand Prix in his third year in Formula 1. The 24-year-old, who has been experiencing a torrid run since the start of the season, will hope that a race in front of his home fans will bring him the luck he needs to propel through the remainder of the season.

However, it must be acknowledged that Red Bull remains the team to beat this weekend.

Chinese Grand Prix predictions

Since its debut in 2004, the Shanghai circuit race has largely been dominated by Mercedes AMG, with the Brackley team winning five of the last six races held there.

However, judging by the trajectory of the last few seasons, it must be acknowledged that a win for Mercedes is currently a tall order. Therefore, we predict not only a race victory for Red Bull – the most dominant F1 team in recent years – but also a Sprint victory for the Milton Keynes team.

Ferrari is expected to pose a limited challenge, as seen in Japan. However, during the long stint of the race, Red Bull is expected to excel without encountering any significant competition.

Chinese GP Circuit information

Circuit Name: Shanghai International Circuit

Debut Grand Prix: 2004

Total Laps: 56

Track Length: 5.451 kilometres

Race Distance: 305.066 kilometres

Lap Record: 1:32.238 - Michael Schumacher (2004)

Chinese GP past winners

2019 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2018 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

2017 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2016 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2015 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2014 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2013 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

Formula 1 drivers at risk of losing their seats

In another report Sports Brief spotlighted a list of drivers who could be heading out of Formula 1 ahead of the 2025 season.

The list featured drivers including, Logan Sargeant and Daniel Ricciardo.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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