The Chinese Grand Prix will be F1’s 1000th race and to commemorate the occasion, the race weekend will be filled with celebrations of the history of the sport. As you might expect, the 1000th world championship race isn’t just going to be allowed to pass us by with just a few minor celebrations and a perfunctory marketing campaign. Instead, Liberty Media, the FIA, and the teams have all come together to agree upon a bumper programme of activities – with some very surprising changes.
Prior to each session there will be a demo of classic Formula 1 cars. That might not sound special given that old F1 cars make appearances at other races, but this is a bit different: Every single car that’s won either championship since 1950 will be there and, where possible, will be driven by the drivers who raced or tested them in period. That’s over 100 cars, ranging from the very first Alfa Romeo 159 from 1950 to last year’s Mercedes W09 all on the track together.
Although it has not been officially confirmed for the moment, to celebrate the 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher will most likely do a demo in China, driving probably the best car of his father, the F2004.