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8 April 2014
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The Formula 1 Championship heads to Shanghai this month, and British driver Lewis Hamilton will certainly be looking to build on his fantastic start to the 2014 campaign.

Mercedes have started the Championship in fine style, by winning the opening three races in Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain.

The latter even saw their race pairing of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg going head to head for the line in a bid for personal glory.

It places the two drivers at the top of the standings, while Rosberg in first is already 33 points ahead of third-placed Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Red Bull have struggled thus far, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo some way off the pace, although the German did manage to scrape into a podium place in Malaysia.

With the competition heating up, and with the drivers getting used to the new cars, technology and fuel changes, the next race in Shanghai promises even more drama.

As the teams and their drivers head to China, what can fans visiting the Shanghai International Circuit expect to see?

What could Shanghai hold?

Things are made even more exciting by the prospect of Ricciardo facing a ten-place grid penalty for pit-lane misdemeanours in Bahrain, meaning he’ll need to excel in qualifying to reel in the Mercedes pairing.

Team orders have also been the talk of the day following Bahrain, as both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa did battle, despite both racing for Williams.

That, coupled with the efforts of Hamilton and Rosberg, raised the question of just how much control those in the pits still possess.

The track also possesses some of the most difficult corner combinations on the entirety of the racing circuit.

Lewis Hamilton will certainly fancy his chances having triumphed twice in Shanghai previously, while Spaniard Fernando Alonso also shares that accolade.

Options for fans visiting China

With a few weeks still to go until the race on April 20, it gives fans of the Gran Prix the chance to plan their visit to China, as there is plenty to see beyond the motor racing.

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world, and also one of the most populous, having grown from its past as a key trading port in the Far East.

Historical landmarks such as The Bund and City God Temple attract tourists in their droves, while several major museums, including the Shanghai Museum and China Art Museum are definitely worth a visit.

Following China, the Formula 1 Championship moves to Europe where Spain will become the fifth destination of 19 to feature in this year’s competition.

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