Rev-heads the world over are gearing up to enjoy the 2011 season of the fastest and most fashionable race car rally on the planet, the Formula 1 UBS Grand Prix.
Kicking off on 25-27 March with Australia the first on the grid, F1 drivers and their ultra high-tech motors will be rolling into Shanghai for round three and the Shanghai International Circuit Formula One Race Track,
Be sure to get your Shanghai Formula 1 tickets early for what's guaranteed to be a whirlwind weekend of fast-paced excitement and thrilling twists and turns as the finely tuned vehicles and their pilots zip around the track at speeds of up to 360 km/h, all vying for Pole Position.
It'll be the eighth time the race has taken place in Shanghai, and the glitz and glamor associated with the high-profile event always goes down well in China's most cosmopolitan city--expect a slew of Champagne-drenched F1-themed events at Shanghai's classy (and not so classy) joints as the jet set, F1 groupies and plenty of others who don't know their torque from their traction get together and party.
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Like so much in China, the Shanghai circuit was built at a supersonic speed, transforming a large swathe of marshland into an international standard racetrack in just 18 months. Its swampy origins came back to haunt it earlier this year when turns 1, 8 and 14 suffered from subsidence, but repairs have been made, asphalt re-laid and the track has been given the green light to go ahead.
The remote Jiading location 40 km away from the city center has posed problems for some fans in previous years but this year the new Line 10 metro will be transporting fans to and from the circuit (Shanghai Circuit station) making it super easy to head on over and check it out on a People's Square pick-up/drop-off and Sub-Grandstand H seats overlooking the course's longest straightaway coming out of its most extreme hairpin turn and plenty of big screens to catch the rest of the action elsewhere.