Chinese GP: race 1,000 build-up live - Live

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  1. Race at 07:10 BST - live on 5 live
  2. Get involved #bbcf1: Greatest F1 races
  3. Bottas on pole, Hamilton 2nd, Vettel 3rd

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By Gary Rose

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  1. VOTE for your greatest race

    This weekend's Chinese Grand Prix is Formula 1's 1,000th race.

    There have been many ups and downs, thrills and spills over the years but which of the previous 999 grand prix was best?

    We have complied a shortlist below. Choose your favourite and we'll reveal the winner before Sunday's race.

    Place your vote.

    Voting closes 30 minutes before race start at 07:10 BST.

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  2. Get Involved

    Your greatest F1 race

    Celebrating 1,000 F1 races. We want to know what your greatest races are - and what's the best one you've ever seen live?

    I met someone at the British Grand Prix a couple of years ago who was at the very first F1 race at Silverstone back in 1950. He couldn't remember much of that one but he still had some great stories to tell about the races he had seen over the years.

    You can tweet us with the #bbcf1 hashtag, and include any photos you might have.

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    Chinese GP: race 1,000 build-up live - Live

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

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    Who is going to win the 1,000th Formula 1 world championship race? Perm any one from four or five, it seems.

    As Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas put it after taking his first pole position of 2019: “Looking from Friday, it’s been pretty close among the top three teams, so there are many question marks.”

    Indeed there are.

    Who has the best race pace? Can Ferrari split the Mercedes? How will strategy work out? Can Red Bull mix it with the top two teams, as their performance has hinted might be possible at various points during the weekend? This landmark event starts full of intrigue - but with Mercedes in the pound seats locking out the front row.

  4. A memorable landmark on the cards?

    999 of something. Sounds like a lot, but it depends on the context. 999 blades of grass on a football pitch? Not that much. 999 over tired but hungry kids at a shopping centre when all the fast food places are closed? That's a lot. An awful lot.

    But 999 races is a lot. That's a lot of crashes, a lot of spins, a lot of dramatic wins, heartbreaking losses and A LOT of the uses of the words 'for sure'.

    There's been some pretty special Formula 1 races among the 999, how will race 1,000 rank among them?

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