Travel Blog: Chinese GP

We bring you our very own travel blog ahead of each Grand Prix...

It’s incredibly easy to get lost in China, so as an initial starting point, we strongly advise taking extra care with the road signs and not to take the wrong turn and up at the panda sanctuary. On reflection, maybe that isn’t such a bad thing, just be ready to deal with the incurable, cuteness overdrive from our furry friends. Oh, and make sure you put the pandas back. We don’t want any going astray down the pitlane and switching the nuts and bolts around the garage next door…

Alternatively upon arrival, take the world’s fastest train, the Maglev, between the airport and downtown. This will save you a LOT of time since it reaches speeds of up to 217mph, which is almost as quick as our very own Renault R.S.18.

When you do reach Shanghai, which directly translates to “above the sea”, you will find a blend of ancient and modern architecture. Although, the modern meets the eye quite quickly due to the cities’ 145 skyscrapers, try not to miss its hidden, antique history such as the Yuyuan Garden, which dates back to the Ming dynasty.

Chinese food is pretty renowned globally, but it’s a whole different kettle of fish (which is probably on a Chinese menu somewhere) when you’re actually in the country tucking in to the local delicacies. Shanghai boasts over 1,800 eateries, so you’ll never go hungry. Steamed crab, spicy noodles and Nanxiang Steamed Pork Dumplings are the more appeasing dishes on the menu, but who’s brave enough to push the boat out (on the Bund…) and tuck into chicken and duck blood soup, chicken feet or even sesame jellyfish and chilli sauce? Nope, we’re not either! We would recommend Peking duck, a real Chinese favourite, but unfortunately, a certain Carlos Sainz has dried up the entire Chinese stock since his arrival…as he’s avoiding the deep-fried bananas these days!

During the race you may notice something slightly strange from our drivers. For this race, and this race only, we have adapted their steering wheels with a few gimics to pass the time on the three-hour looooooong back straight, including: the game battleships, a local Chinese restaurant on speed-dial to arrange a post-race team takeaway, and a VPN back to Europe for Twitter in-action updates. We look after our drivers, you see, they can get bored VERY easily.