Chinese GP – An Alternative Report

When watching F1 race at the track, especially an eventful one like the Chinese GP, it is quite difficult to write a detailed race review. In anycase, it has been a week since the race and there is definitelly no need for another race review, the web is full of them already. So I decided to make an alternative report from the Chinese GP. Some of you may have read my article Going To Shanghai To Chinese Grand Prix. It seems that things have changed a bit since my last visit to Chinese F1, so a bit of an update is necessary.

Before we get to the race track I return to way from the airport. After testing the Maglev train that goes from the Pudong Airport to Pudong Middle Of Nowhere, I must say, it is worth taking it. You do not get too many chances travelling on land at 431 km/h.
Maglev 431 km hour
And even the train goes only for 30 km and stops in the Middle Of Nowhere, it still helps jumping the 30 km of possible traffic jams. The Middle Of Nowhere train station has plenty of taxis waiting and the combination of the Maglev train with taxi saved me about 20 minutes travel time to hotel and about 8-10 USD in the total fare.

Worth mentioning again is the now famous Chewing Gum Removal Team. Now you can’t get stuck in Shanghai.

Chewing Gum team.

Now to the track.

Shanghai track flags.

The first good news that we heard already about a year ago – no more Fosters (my apologies to Fosters lovers, I mean no offence). However … bigger disaster struck the Shanghai track – out of all the thousands available options they selected this:

Bud

Nothing against Budweiser, but do not understand why besides this Budweiser drink they did not sell also some beer.

Event like this is of course under the watchful eyes of the on track security crews and the circuit staff. Safety of us spectators is of utmost importance.

Track Security

Track Staff

Track Staff

Even the medical services were all the time on high alert:

Smoking Medic

The grandstands were pretty empty all 3 days, perhaps because people could not find the seats named on their tickets:

Your Seat

All the “medail” people however were clearly directed:

Medail Access

Even as F1 is slowly (or quickly) starting to ignore the US fans, US fans did come !

US fan

There were some serious technical problems…

No Paper

…and so some extra instruction came handy:

Water

The Toyota guys provided some entertainment with their balls:

Ball on Head

Ball Head Band

The food situation has slightly improved since last year, and as long as you had some CRSH, you could even afford some of it:

CRSH

In the meantime, under the watchful eyes of Shrek the 1st

Shrek

serious battle was looming between fans of Alonso

Spanish Ham

and Hamilton

Childish Alonso

The pit lane entry gravel trap has spoken and the happier side celebrated

Spanish Flags

Some babes were laughing

Laughing Babe

Some were confused

Confused Babe

But with the help of the motorized organizers

Biker

and friendly security

Friendly guard

all the babes were able to find their prancing horses

Ferrari Babes

There was also some racing:

Alonso Massa

Button Wurz

Fisi and Ralf

And this was the result:

Hamilton

Podium

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2014 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
Sebastian VETTEL
Daniel RICCIARDO
Ferrari
Fernando ALONSO
Kimi RAIKKONEN
McLaren
Jenson BUTTON
Kevin MAGNUSSEN
Lotus
Romain GROSJEAN
Pastor MALDONADO
Mercedes
Nico ROSBERG
Lewis HAMILTON
Sauber
Adrian SUTIL
Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
Nico HULKENBERG
Sergio PEREZ
Williams
Felipe MASSA
Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
Daniil KVYAT
Jean Eric VERGNE
Caterham
Marcus ERICSSON
Kamui KOBAYASHI
Marussia
Jules BIANCHI
Max CHILTON

2014 F1 Calendar

14-16 March - Australia
28-30 March - Malaysia
4-6 April - Bahrain
18-20 April - China
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22-25 May - Monaco
6-8 June - Canada
20-22 June - Austria
4-6 July - Great Britain
18-20 July - Germany
25-27 July - Hungary
22-24 August - Belgium
5-7 September - Italy
19-21 September - Singapore
3-5 October - Japan
10-12 October - Russia
31 October-2 November - USA
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21-23 November - Abu Dhabi

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