Setting the scene for China

Setting the scene for China

AUTOSPORT's F1 editor Edd Straw reviews the talking points - and the local idiosyncracies - as the grand prix fraternity prepares to race in China

Formula 1 has never really taken off in China; if it had, the local taxi drivers would surely have better knowledge of the location – not to mention existence - of hotels near the track, and the track itself for that matter. Strange really, as the style of overtaking favoured by the locals (usually on blind corners) suggests that the racing spirit flows richly in their blood.

With little in the way of atmosphere or raceday crowd to look forward to, save for those fooled by the brilliant ruse of painting the empty grandstand seats on the start/finish straight a variety of colours to resemble spectators, there is plenty of time for off-track shenanigans to take centre stage.

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