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2011 Chinese Grand Prix Preview: What to Expect at Shanghai

The Formula One circus arrives at the Shanghai International Circuit from April 15-17 for the last round of the first Asian leg of the 2011 Formula One Season. The circuit will host only its eighth race in history and has noticeably seen seven different winners in each of its previous editions. It also has the distinction of being the largest race track in Asia—measuring 5.451 kilometres over 56 laps—and has a capacity of over 200,000. However, the race has seen attendances drop from a peak of 270,000 in 2005 to 155,000 last year. The return of Michael Schumacher last year—who set the fastest lap of 1:32.238 back in 2004—saw attendances increase from a paltry 120,000 in 2009. Shanghai has extended its deal to host th...

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