Nico Rosberg is the defending champion.
It is the long straight-a-ways where cars can reach over 190 miles per hour that make the course exciting. However, turns Nos. 1 and 2 make up a very long right-hand curve, which leads immediately into turns 3 and 4, a very long left-hand curve.
The danger for the drivers is in turns 1 and 2 where a lift on entry followed by various taps of the throttle and brakes are needed so the car maintains balance throughout. It also becomes blind toward the middle of the corner and makes for a very tricky 1-2 to punch, and those are just a few of the challenges that face the drivers in Shanghai this weekend.
NBC Sports Network offers race coverage starting with the live practice airing Friday night, April 12, at 2 a.m., and on Saturday there will be a broadcast of qualifying commencing at 2 a.m.
Sunday, April 14, NBC Sports Network will air the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix starting with a pre-race show at 2:30 a.m. with the race getting underway at 3 a.m.
Following the race will be F1 Extra (the post- race show) at 5 a.m. For those who do not want to get up early, the race will be re-broadcast Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. with an encore presentation of F1 Extra getting underway at 3:30 p.m.
All of the practice, qualifying and race action will be handled at the NBC Sports network studios in Stamford, Conn. The Formula 1 broadcast team led by lead announcer Leigh Diffey along with analyst’s David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on set in the studio calling the race. Will Buxton, F1 insider and former journalist, will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Shanghai.
Radio wise that would be SiriusXM for the race action only live Sunday at 3 a.m.
As the sports media columnist for the Washington Examiner, I receive all of the press releases from the broadcast networks.