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F1 makes its comeback in China, Red Bulls still untouchable ?

Five years later, the paddock is back. Shanghai where will compete in the fifth round of a world championship until then. dominated unsurprisingly by Max Verstappen's team.

After sixteen editions between 2004 and 2019, the Chinese Grand Prix has hibernated. for four years due to the Covid crisis. Listed on the calendar last year before being canceled once again, the country of the Middle Kingdom will finally to be able to welcome Formula 1 again this weekend. Good news for drivers who particularly appreciate the Shanghai circuit, renowned for its popularity in the world. for its tight turns. After the first four races of the season, a hierarchy begins to emerge. To draw oneself. It will be interesting to see if it is confirmed in China where Lewis Hamilton had imposed himself during the last edition played five years ago.

Unsurprisingly, the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez dominate the pack. The Dutchman, already has winner of three races, and the Mexican occupy the first two places in the world championship, only separated by thirteen points. Behind, Ferrari asserts itself as the main threat. The SF-24 was well born, and after Carlos Sainz's victory in Australia, the Scuderia pilots confirmed their success. their good dispositions à Suzuka où the Spaniard ranked third ahead of Charles Leclerc. The Italian single-seaters are proving more efficient than the McLarens of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri and especially than the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, quite disappointing until now.

At the other end In the ranking, we find Alpine, one of the three teams with Sauber and Williams at the top. not yet entered the points. At Suzuka two weeks ago, Esteban Ocon (15th) and Pierre Gasly (16th) were still hanging around. their misery on the track, & on board a car criticized by French drivers, reduced to fight at the back of the grid. Unfortunately for them, the trend is not there. improvement, on the contrary even, and the season risks being very long for the two Normans.

At what time to watch the Chinese Grand Prix ?

After Japan at the beginning of April, Formula 1 remains in Asia this weekend with the fifth round of the world championship scheduled for China. New race with a significant time difference – there are six more hours to go Shanghai qu'à Paris -, so the French viewer will still have the right to a fairly early morning program. The single-seaters will run from 5:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, but qualifying,   starting at 9 a.m., and the race, the start of which will be given at &agrav; 8 a.m. on Sunday, will not require waking up at dawn.

  • Free Trials 1 à 5:30 a.m. Friday April 19 (duration: 1 hour)
  • Free Trials 2 à 9 a.m. Friday April 19 (duration: 1 hour)
  • Free Practice 3 à 5:30 a.m. Saturday April 20 (duration: 1 hour)
  • Qualifications à 9 a.m. Saturday April 20 (duration: 1 hour)
  • Grand Prix à 8 a.m. Sunday April 21 (duration: 2 hours maximum)

Which TV channel to watch the Chinese Grand Prix on?

The Chinese Grand Prix will be broadcast exclusively on the channels of the Canal group, holder of the rights to the Formula 1 world championship. You will have to tune in to Canal+ Sport to watch the drivers battle it out in the first two races. res days while the Grand Prix, Sunday, will be broadcast on Canal+.

  • Friday April 19: Free 1 5h10 + Free 2  à 8:40 a.m. on Canal+ Sport
  • Saturday April 20: Free 3rd   5h10+ Qualifications à 8:40 a.m. on Canal+ Sport
  • Sunday April 21: "La Grille" &agrav; 6:55 a.m. from the start of the Grand Prix 8 a.m. on Canal+

World Drivers Championship Ranking (after 4  Grand Prix)

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 77 points
2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 64 points
3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 59 points
4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 55 points
5. Lando Norris (McLaren) 37 points
6. Oscar Piastri (McLaren) 32 points
7. George Russell (Mercedes) 24 points
. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) 24 points
9. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 10 points
10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 9 points
11. Yuki Tsunoda (Racing Bulls) 7 points
12. Oliver Bearman (Ferrari) 6 points
13. Niko Hülkenberg (Haas) 3 points
14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 1 point

What are the dates of the F1 Grands Prix in 2024?

The 2024 Formula 1 season will include 24 Grands Prix. &agrav; the end of February, Bahreïn, and will end at the beginning of December until September Abu Dhabi. Here is the complete F1 2024 calendar with times given in French time:

1. Bahrain GP (Sakhir): Saturday March 2 (Winner: Verstappen)
2. Saudi Arabia GP (Jeddah): Saturday March 9 (Winner: Verstappen)
3. Australian GP (Melbourne): Sunday March 24 (Winner: Sainz)
4. Japanese GP(Suzuka): Sunday April 7 (Winner: Verstappen)
5. Chinese GP (Shanghai): Sunday April 21st 8h
6. Miami GP (Miami): Sunday May 5th 9 p.m.
7. Emilia-Romagna GP (Imola): Sunday May 19 3 p.m.
8. Monaco GP: Sunday May 26   5h
9. Canadian GP (Montreal): Sunday June 9 8 p.m.
10. Spanish GP (Barcelona): Sunday June 23 3 p.m.
11. Austrian GP (Spielberg): Sunday June 30 3 p.m.
12. British GP (Silverstone): Sunday July 7th 4 p.m.
13. Hungarian GP (Budapest): Sunday July 21st 3 p.m.
14. Belgian GP (Spa-Francorchamps) : Sunday July 28 &at 3 p.m.
15. Dutch GP (Zandvoort): Sunday 25 Augustût &at 3 p.m.
16. Italian GP (Monza): Sunday September 1st &at 3 p.m.
17. Azerbaijani GP (Baku): Sunday September 15th 1 p.m.
18. Singapore GP (Marina Bay): Sunday September 22   2 p.m.
19. US GP (Austin): Sunday October 20th 9 p.m.
20. Mexican GP (Mexico) : Sunday October 27 à 8 p.m.
21. Brazilian GP (Interlagos): Sunday November 3rd 7 p.m.
22. Las Vegas GP (Las Vegas) : Sunday, November 24 à 6h
23. Qatar GP (Losail): Sunday October 1st 3 p.m.
24. Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina): Sunday December 8 2 p.m.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116