Chinese Grand Prix 2024: When is the race, sprint, qualifying, where to watch

In this file photo taken on April 12, 2019 Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel steers his car during the first practice session for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 12, 2019. - The Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for April 19 has been postponed because of the "continued spread" of the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19, motorsport's governing body FIA announced on February 12,
F1 returns to China for the first edition of the Chinese Grand Prix since 2019 - Getty Images/Greg Baker

Formula One returns to China this month after a five-year hiatus because of complications related to the Covid pandemic. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the race at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Max Verstappen is unsurprisingly the favourite and that will remain the case with him taking sprint race victory and qualifying on pole position – his sixth in a row – for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix.

What time do the sessions start?

Friday April 19

First practice: 4.30am BST
Sprint qualifying: 8.30am

Saturday April 20

Sprint race: 4am
Qualifying: 8am

Sunday April 21

Chinese Grand Prix: 8am

What were the positions after qualifying?

  1. Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1min 33.660secs

  2. Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:33.982

  3. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Aston Martin 1:34.148

  4. Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:34.165

  5. Oscar Piastri (Aus) McLaren 1:34.273

  6. Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:34.289

  7. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spa) Ferrari 1:34.297

  8. George Russell (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:34.433

  9. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Haas F1 1:34.604

  10. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Kick Sauber 1:34.665

  11. Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:34.838

  12. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) RB 1:34.934

  13. Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:35.223

  14. Alexander Albon (Tha) Williams 1:35.241

  15. Pierre Gasly (Fra) Alpine 1:35.463

  16. Guanyu Zhou (Chn) Kick Sauber 1:35.505

  17. Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:35.516

  18. Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:35.573

  19. Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) RB 1:35.746

  20. Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams 1:36.358

Chinese Grand Prix circuit length, distance and race distance

First Grand Prix: 2004
Number of laps: 56
Circuit length: 5.541km
Race distance: 305.066km
Race lap record: 1min32.238sec ( Michael Schumacher, 2004)

How to watch the Chinese Grand Prix on television and on streaming

Like usual, Sky Sports F1 will be showing full coverage of the racing weekend.

If you don’t have access to a full sky subscription, you can alternatively access the races on Now TV on a six-month minimum subscription, coming in at £26 a month.

For viewing on the go, fans can stream the race on platforms such as Sky GO and NOW.

Those outside of the UK can watch the race on F1’s own subscription service F1TV, which is available worldwide and is complete with special features such as pre and post race shows and onboard camera footage.

For extended highlights, Channel 4 broadcasts their qualifying program on Saturday and their race program on Sunday.

What are the current standings?

What are the odds for the winner of the race?

Max Verstappen 1/14
Sergio Perez 8/1
Charles Leclerc 25/1
Lando Norris 33/1
Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz 40/1
Oscar Piastri 50/1

Who are the past winners of the Chinese Grand Prix?

Results 2004-2019
2019: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2018: Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull
2017: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2016: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
2015: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2014: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2013: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
2012: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
2011: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren
2010: Jenson Button, McLaren
2009: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull
2008: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren
2007: Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 
2006: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari 
2005: Fernando Alonso, Renault
2004: Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari