MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Marcus Ericsson of Sweden driving the (9) Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Shanghai International Circuit, home to this weekend’s second round of the 2017 Formula One World Championship, has the longest straight on the entire race calendar, where a good top speed from the Formula One cars is important.

The track has an interesting mix of low, medium and high-speed corners. In addition to that, it has several technical sections with corner complexes where unique corners, such as T1 and T13, lead straight into further corners requiring a good car balance and precise driving. Good traction is a must.

Not only is Marcus Ericsson looking forward to this weekend’s second event of the season, he is also looking forward the third round, which take place just seven days later under floodlights at the Bahrain International Circuit as it is the first night race of the season and it holds it’s own unique appeal.

“The Chinese Grand Prix brings us to the second round of 2017 Formula Championship. The Shanghai International Circuit has a very long straight, where a good top speed is crucial, and an interesting mix of low, medium and high speed corners,” he said. “There are also several technical sections where unique corners lead straight into further corners, where a good car balance and precise driving is required.”

“Thinking about Bahrain, I am eager for the first night race of the season. The track, as well as the surroundings, have a special vibe under the floodlights. It is a spectacular race weekend that I enjoy a lot. Overall the circuit is technical and driving-wise not an easy one, but I always looking forward to racing there.”