Formula One continues its Asian sojourn and arrives at the Shanghai International Circuit for the third race of the season. And all that fans are talking about is the emergence of the Ferrari team, after their shock victory over Mercedes at the precious race in Malaysia.

It is for the first time in over a season that a team has out rightly beaten Mercedes for pace on the track. Sebastian Vettel led Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the Sepang International Circuit giving hope to other teams that the dominant Mercedes can be caught.

Where to watch live

The first practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix starts at 3am BST, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.

Live coverage of the second practice session starts at 7am BST.

Track Facts

  • Circuit name: Shanghai International Circuit
  • First F1 Race: 2004
  • Circuit length: 5.451kms
  • Number of laps: 56
  • Race distance: 305.066 km
  • Lap record: 1:32.239 M Schumacher (2004)
  • Most wins: Lewis Hamilton (3)
  • 2014 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2014 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Drivers' Championship review

Lewis Hamilton leads Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by three points after two races, with Nico Rosberg in third, 10 points behind the championship leader with Williams' Felipe Massa and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen rounding out the top five.

Constructors' Championship review

The constructors' championship sees 2014 World Champions Mercedes leading the way after two races with Ferrari being the best of the rest in second place 24 points behind the leaders. Williams is in third with Sauber and Toro Rosso rounding out the top five.

Red Bull and McLaren continue to struggle with drivability and power unit issues respectively, giving the so called smaller teams a chance to grab some valuable constructors' points.