The Shanghai International Circuit will host the 3rd race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season from 15 to 17 April. The track, created by architects Hermann Tilke and Peter Wahl, is designed along the lines of the Chinese Shang character. A straightaway measuring 1,397 metres has the single-seaters going full throttle for 56 percent of each lap, while the five second-gear curves require a high aerodynamic downforce.
The kit on the single-seaters falls therefore half-way between the two extreme cases, favouring braking action so that the aerodynamic resistance facilitates deceleration. According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of 1 to 10, the Shanghai International Circuit is in the category of circuits that present mid-level difficulty for the brakes.
The Shanghai track earned a score of 6 on the difficulty index, which is identical to what the Barcelona track and the new track in Mexico City scored.