The demand on the brakes during the GP
Even though this track is longer than the one in Melbourne by just 147 meters (482 feet), the Shanghai International Circuit requires drivers to turn to the brakes more often, using them for almost 18 seconds per lap.
This translates into a lap time that is a good 10 seconds more than the time registered on the Australian track, where instead the brakes are used for just 13 seconds.
This value is very high in percentual terms, yet it is lower than what was recorded at a lot of the other World Championship tracks.
From the starting line to the checkered flag, each driver uses his brakes nearly 450 times, applying a total load on the brake pedal of almost 54 tons. Said another way, each driver applies a load of more than 550 kg (1,213 lbs) per minute.
As for energy dissipated in braking, the Shanghai International Circuit places in the last positions among the World Championship tracks: over the course of the entire race, a car dissipates in braking about 182 kWh of energy on average.