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Sepang International Circuit

CIRCUIT PAGE
04/01/2014

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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DETAILS

Sepang International Circuit

Sepang International Circuit
BHD, 64000 KLIA.
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

Tel: (60) 3 8778 2300

Fax:

Official website:
www.malaysiangp.com.my

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2014)

Length:

5.543km (3.444miles)

Race laps:

56

2013 winner:

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

Configuration:

Clockwise

First GP:

1999

Lap record:

1:34.223 (Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 2004)

Type:

Permanent Circuit

Total races:

15

BIOGRAPHY

The Sepang International Circuit, located near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and approximately 60 km south of the capital city Kuala Lumpur, was the first designed by German designer Hermann Tilke, who would subsequently design the new facilities in Shanghai, Bahrain, Turkey, Valencia, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Korea, India and Austin.

The circuit was officially inaugurated by the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Doktor Mahathir Bin Mohamad on 7 March 1999 and on 17 October hosted the country's first Formula One World Championship Grand Prix.

The track has hosted a round of the world championship every year since 1999, making it the oldest of the new breed of government-funded circuits on the calendar.

Though it hasn't really attracted fans from outside the region, it’s popular with drivers and engineers alike, largely due to the variety of corners around the lap. The fast sweeps in sector two are a great test of aerodynamic performance, while traction and braking are vital through the slower sections.

The Circuit

The track surface is very abrasive, particularly in comparison to Albert Park, which is very smooth. High speed stability is an essential requirement in Malaysia due to the circuit layout, which contains a combination of long straights and quick direction changes.

Good engine tractability is required through Turns 1 and 2, the second of which leads to a high speed section so a good exit is needed.

Strong stability is required through the high speed Turn 3 to aid driver confidence, while there is heavy braking at Turn 4.

Turns 5 & 6 require stiff suspension. The car can be run lower and stiffer as there are no high kerbs in Sepang which is beneficial for this.

Turning whilst braking means Turn 7 can prove punishing for the tyres.

Heavy braking from a long straight into the final corner, Turn 15, which is followed by another long straight, means a good overtaking opportunity, and a variety of lines are taken here.

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