Malaysian Grand Prix - Kuala Lumpur, 03/24/2013

Malaysian Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

The Sepang International Circuit has been hosting the Malaysian GP since 1999 and was the first circuit planned by Hermann Tilke. A truly unique race track of its kind, setting new standards for the Formula One circus: a wide track with long run-off areas, combined with excellent facilities for those, who work there: spacious box areas and areas for the teams’ staffs. A distinctive sign of this track are the grandstands with roofs inspired by massive leafs from the Hibiscus, Malaysia’s national flower. The track with a very abrasive tarmac offers numerous changes of direction at high speed, where tight corners are followed by long straights. These characteristics demand a perfect set up of the single-seaters. The high temperature and humidity, typical for equatorial climate, turn the Malaysian GP into one of the most challenging races on the calendar for the drivers, the people at the box as well as the cars. To all of this the constant possibility of a sudden change in the weather in the late afternoon, at the start of the race, adds further excitement.

Keep an eye on
The first long corner to the right followed by a tight left-hand bend: many conjunctions, which make it a difficult task to bring the power onto the track, that is necessary to come out of high-speed corner no. 3. The violent deceleration at turn 15, which brings the return straight together with the home straight, is a good possibility for overtaking.

Did you know that
The Scuderia Ferrari is the team with the most victories in Malaysia: the men and women from Maranello collected six wins in the 14 races held there so far. At the debut of the race on the season’s 1999 calendar, held as the penultimate, Michael Schumacher was back after his accident in Silverstone. With a perfect race strategy Michael gave important support to his teammate Irvine’s victory, who was fighting for the World Title crossing the line second. After the race both Ferraris were disqualified for technical infringement. The decision was repealed later by the Court of Appeal. While Michael Schumacher won in the years 2000, 2001 and 2004, Kimi Raikkonen took a win in 2008. In 2012 Fernando Alonso created a masterpiece, supported by a perfect strategy at the box, during a rain race with the F2012 after its difficult winter tests and a disappointed start of the season.

See what happened last year ->

  • Victories

    1. 1999 IrvineF399
    2. 2000 Schumacher F1-2000
    3. 2001 SchumacherF2001
    4. 2004 SchumacherF2004
    5. 2008 RaikkonenF2008
    6. 2012 AlonsoF2012
  • Pole Positions

    1. 1999 SchumacherF399
    2. 2000 SchumacherF1-2000
    3. 2001 SchumacherF2001
    4. 2002 BarrichelloF2002
    5. 2004 SchumacherF2004
    6. 2007 MassaF2007
    7. 2008 MassaF2008
  • Race best laps

    1. 1999 SchumacherF399
    2. 2003 SchumacherF2003-GA
  • Podiums

    1. First place6 times
    2. Second place3 times
    3. Third place3 times
  • Hall of Honours

    1. 1999 E. IrvineFERRARI
    2. 2000 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    3. 2001 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    4. 2002 R. SchumacherBMW-WILLIAMS
    5. 2003 K. RaikkonenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    6. 2004 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    7. 2005 F. AlonsoRENAULT
    8. 2006 G. FisichellaRENAULT
    9. 2007 F. AlonsoMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    10. 2008 K. RaikkonenFERRARI
    11. 2009 J. ButtonBRAWN GP-MERCEDES
    12. 2010 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT
    13. 2011 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT
    14. 2012 F. AlonsoFERRARI

Updated at the end of season 2012

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