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Location : Shanghai, China

Track length : 5.451 km
Number of laps : 56 (305.256 Km)

Spectator Capacity : ~200,000

Creation Date : 2004


Record Pole : Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari - 1:34.012 (2004)

Fastest Lap : Michael Schumacher - Ferrari - 1:32.238 (2004)


1. Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari

2. Jensen Button - BAR Honda

3. Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren


2004 - Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari


The inaugural Chinese Grand Prix took place at Shanghai International Circuit in September 2004. The new facility with its massive main grandstands, amazing media facilities and unparalleled team facilities set a new standard that other race circuits must now aspire to. With enough room around the circuit to host 200,000 spectators, including more than 29,000 in the grandstand opposite the pits, Formula One reached new heights in Shanghai.

The track combined a variety of corners and proved relatively quick over an entire lap. Rubens Barrichello scorched to Pole Position in 2004 while Michael Schumacher spun his Ferrari on his qualifying lap and started the race from the back of the grid. Barrichello could not be denied the race win as the Brazilian crossed the line ahead of Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen, but the story of the race was of Michael Schumacher who actually finished out of the points for just the fifth time in his career with 12th position after a catalogue of rare mistakes.


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