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Shanghai Speed Trap: Who is the fastest of them all?

© XPB  Michael Delaney 20/04/2024 at 18:2620/04/2024 at 19:37 The Shanghai International Circuit isn’t exactly a power circuit, but at 1.17 km in length the track’s back straight is the longest of the season, just ahead of Baku. As such, superior top speed comes in handy, especially for overtaking into the Turn 14 hairpin. But while the straights are very long – the corners are very long also, meaning the amount of time spent at full throttle is quite low in China compared to tracks recently visited by F1. This pushes teams to run relatively high downforce settings, especially if grip is low and tyre degradation is high, a typical characteristic of Shanghai’s circuit. So,...
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