The Shanghai International Circuit is a motor racing – racing in the People’s Republic of China , near the metropolis of Shanghai is located. Since 2004 there will be a year of the Chinese Grand Prix of Formula 1 held. From 2005 to 2008 was also four times the Chinese Grand Prix as part of the motorcycle world championship instead.
The race track is one of the many prestigious projects of the Chinese, who want to demonstrate to the world their technical know-how and economic creativity. It lies approximately 32 kilometers northwest from the center of Shanghai and has some interesting features. First, it offers one of the most modern paddock all the current Formula 1 courses, which is closely matched to the style of the Chinese environment. On the other hand, the German lines built architect Hermann Tilke, the so-called “worm curve” a. She is inspired by the design of a snail shell and narrowed its radius, therefore increasing. Like almost all modern courses – - otherwise the track is very wide and designed lined with large exercise areas. The risk of accidents should therefore be kept to a minimum.
Because of the track surface was largely composed of soft sediment and mud, you had to build a large amount of polystyrene used to the track “auftreibt” and not sagging. According to the Chinese market Tilke has been “bought empty” in order to realize the project. The plant represents a milestone in the deep civil engineering and architecture dar. Furthermore, because of the swampy soil had spread over the entire plant about 43,000 pile foundations are provided and worked with about 80 rigs. In order to drain the road surface even in heavy rain quickly and reliably, large reservoirs were built near the paddock, which are filled as needed with accumulating rain water.The design of the course was, according to the operators of the form of Chinese character上shàng (up, up) modeled after the city name in Shanghai – occurs (上海”up to the sea”).