Chinese Grand Prix, where you can watch the Grand Prix qualifying on TV. Timetables –

Chinese Grand Prix, where you can watch the Grand Prix qualifying on TV.  Timetables –

Formula 1 returns to China, at the Shanghai Circuit, on the weekend of April 19-21. It returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019, after the pandemic prompted organizers to cancel it. The fifth Grand Prix of the season will be held, and it will be the first… Sprint Race. Which this year is in a different format than last year: Sprintshot (Sprint Qualifiers) were held on Friday after the first and only free practice session Jara Sprint He was The race is on Saturday morning. Qualifying for the Sunday Race will always take place on the Saturday after the Sprint Race.

How did the Sprint go?

Dutchman Max Verstappen dominates the pace at the F1 Chinese Grand Prix, his first of the season. The Red Bull driver beat Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Sergio Perez at the Shanghai circuit. At the bottom of the podium were the two Ferraris with fourth place going to Charles Leclerc and fifth place going to Carlos Sainz, who dueled head to head in the final laps. The McLaren team driven by Lando Norris occupies sixth place, followed by the Mercedes driven by Oscar Piastri and Greg Russell. Rounding out the top ten are Chinese Zhou Guanyu with Sauber and Kevin Magnussen with Haas.

Penalty shootout qualifiers

On the first free trial It stopped due to a freak grass fire that caused a red flagFastest was Lance Stroll on his first attempt on the soft tyre. Ferrari, Leclerc 13th and Sainz 14th, returned 18th for Hamilton. In the penalty shootout qualifiers, valid for establishing the starting grid for the sprint race, which are conducted in the rain on the decisive laps, Norris took the pole (After moments of chaos due to his time being canceled due to a derailment) ahead of Hamilton. Sainz fifth, Leclerc seventh, are also responsible for the derailment.

Program: Chinese Grand Prix times

Friday 19 April
5.30 am: Free exercise 1
9.30am: Sprint qualifications: Read the news here

Sunday 21 April
9 AM: Race
2 p.m.: Race (replay)
5.30pm: Race (replay)

How to reach Ferrari

Ferrari comes to this event with the desire to do well. Charles Leclerc is ready for the challenge: he is third in the general classification and is looking for his first win of the season, and above all he must stay ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz, who has always been better than him until now. “We arrived in China with confidence, given the start of our season. On paper, the track might be more suitable for Ferrari than Suzuka, but I expect so Red Bull There's still something more to him than that. Sainz? He's doing a better job. It is difficult to make a comparison between Bahrain because I faced some problems. However, in the last two races he was stronger. Now it's up to me to work, especially in the qualifying stage, which is usually one of my strengths.”

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So, instead, Max Verstappen, which has never won in China (as well as in Singapore): “We haven't raced at this track since 2019. With only one free practice session available, it will be about making sure we set the car up to its best potential.” Possible solution method. “This dynamic creates more uncertainty, which is good for the fans, and the team has worked hard to prepare.”

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