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2013 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

Apr 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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The three week break has done little to extinguish any talk about “multi 21″ and the internal battle at Red Bull Racing, but as we return to the far east for the Chinese Grand Prix, the stage is set for a thrilling race on Sunday.

Chinese Grand Prix Talking Points

Webber requires a strong result

Just when you thought the multi 21 debate was over, Sebastian Vettel has today said that Mark Webber didn’t deserve to win in Malaysia, reigniting the battle within Red Bull. Webber will be keen on beating Vettel to silence the critics and, most importantly, his teammate. If there ever was a time for the Australian to pull a result out of the bag, then this is it, although the head-to-head stats between the drivers in China during their time at Red Bull together reads 3-1 in Vettel’s favor.

Ferrari and Mercedes look to bridge the gap

Fernando Alonso’s retirement in Malaysia has been seen as an embarrassing event for both the driver and the team, but Ferrari will need to move on in China. Typically, the team struggles in the early season, yet Felipe Massa’s two strong scores will give them hope of a good result in China. Mercedes will look to move on from their own team orders debacle, and the track will provide many happy memories from the team’s first win last season.

Who is leading the early season development race?

The three week break has given teams their first chance to work on upgrades and new parts for their cars. McLaren claim they have made steps forward following their worst start to a season in over a decade, whilst Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg is confident that his team has made big strides during the break. Alternatively, Williams have written off China and Bahrain, claiming that they are waiting until Spain for their first major package: news that both Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will undoubtedly grimace at.

Dry running could finally reveal the pecking order

Both Australia and Malaysia saw an element of wet running over the race weekend, masking the true pace of each team in places. However, the forecast for Shanghai does not mention any rain, meaning that we could finally see where each team stands in 2013 – could being the key word.

A big weekend for Chinese motorsport and Ma Qing Hua

The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix will be the tenth running of the race, but this year’s event is particularly special: Ma Qing Hua will become the first Chinese driver to compete at his home grand prix, deputizing for Caterham’s Charles Pic in Free Practice 1 on Friday. If he can impress, and if the rumors about Pic’s financial stability are vindicated, then it may not be long until China has its first full time Formula One driver.

Track: Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai (5.451km)
Laps: 56
Corners: 16
Lap Record: Michael Schumacher 1:32.238s (2004)
Tire Compounds: Soft (Option); Medium (Hard)
2012 Winner: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2012 Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2012 Fastest Lap: Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) – 1:39.960
DRS Zones: Main straight (T16 to T1); T13 to T14

Friday – Free Practice 1: 10:00am local/10:00pm ET (Thursday)
Friday – Free Practice 2: 14:00pm local/02:00am ET
Saturday – Free Practice 3: 11:00am local/11:00pm ET (Friday)
Saturday – Qualifying: 14:00pm local/02:00am ET
Sunday – Race: 15:00pm local/03:00am ET

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