The Chinese Grand Prix represents the last of the early season fly-away races before Formula One returns to Europe early next month.
A switch last year to an April date, after the first five races at the Shanghai International Circuit were held later in the season when it was far warmer, means inclement weather could again play a part.
After suffering in temperatures of over 30 degrees centigrade, and with humidity hitting 70% at the last race in Malaysia, drivers can expect far cooler conditions of around 17 degrees and possible rain showers as affected last year’s event.
Here are the other stats and figures ahead of this weekend’s race.
Venue: Shanghai International Circuit
Circuit length: 5.451km/3.387 miles
Race distance: 305.066km/189.559miles
Lap record: 1min 32.238secs (Michael Schumacher, 2004)
2009 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
2009 pole position: Sebastian Vettel 1min 36.184secs
2009 fastest lap: Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP) 1min 52.592secs
* The Chinese Grand Prix enjoys the unusual distinction of having had a different winner for each of the six races since its debut on the calendar in 2004. Four winners have come from pole.
* Five of those six winning drivers – Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel – are on track this year. The only absentee is Kimi Raikkonen.
* Ferrari have won three times at the venue; Renault, McLaren and Red Bull one apiece.
* Felipe Massa currently leads the drivers’ standings despite not winning any of the first three races. Only one driver since 1989 has gone on to win the title from such a position – Schumacher in 2003.
* Following his win in Malaysia, Sebastian Vettel now has six to his name, making him the second most successful German in Formula One, alongside Ralf Schumacher – albeit still 85 victories adrift of Michael Schumacher.
* The circuit and all its buildings were constructed from scratch in 18 months.
* The site was originally swampland, requiring 40,000 support piles between 40 and 80 meters tall to be sunk into the ground in order to provide secure foundations.
* Layers of polystyrene topped off the concrete sub-structure, a requirement so vast the entire available Asian stock of polystyrene was purchased to facilitate construction.