Setting the scene for China

Setting the scene for China

With three weeks until the next race, the Chinese Grand Prix is an important event for some of F1's stars to bounce back from recent setbacks. Edd Straw explains who is in need of a strong weekend in Shanghai

The Chinese Grand Prix is far from the most popular on the calendar among Formula 1 folk. Perhaps it's the fact that Shanghai is utterly indifferent to the race that is happening on its own doorstep? Or maybe it's the absurdity of even the world's best two dozen drivers not being allowed to get behind the wheel of a road car here, presumably because of the difficulties of adapting to the regulations, forcing mandatory halts in the fast lane of motorways and incessant horn usage that the Chinese highway code apparently demands.

As always with back-to-back races, the second leg starts out feeling much like a hangover of the first, with little time for new themes and storylines to gestate. Fortunately, Malaysia was dramatic enough a weekend that plenty of them continue to rumble on, chief among them Lewis Hamilton's penalty for weaving five days ago.

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