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Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai, 17-19 October

China has used the Shanghai track as a showpiece to demonstrate its status as a major player in the modern world
Location: Shanghai, China
Date: 19 April
Length: 3.387 miles
Rating (out of 10): 5

China planned the Grand Prix track in Shanghai as a showcase statement to demonstrate that the country had arrived as a player on the world stage.

The spectacular venue has raised the bar for facilities, and the layout draws praise from drivers, who say it contains a little bit of everything.

Yet it remains no match for the great historic tracks such as Spa and Suzuka.

Even with all the money in the world, there is a limit to what is possible on a flat piece of former marshland.

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