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Malaysia F1 preview

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Race Preview 
 22-24 MARCH 2013
Following Kimi Raikkonen’s
victory at theseason-opening Australian Grand Prix, the2013 Formula One championship fires upagain this weekend as the series preparesfor round two, the Malaysian Grand Prix. And fiery is perhaps the appropriateadjective for this race. High temperaturesare the order of the day at Sepang Circuitand this race is a true test of man andmachine.
For the drivers there’s the struggle to cope
with soaring in-car temperatures and thebattle to stay hydrated throughout the 56-laplong race. For the machinery this weekendis about dealing with tough conditions for 
engines and tyres. The heat and Sepang’s
abrasive track surface makes tyre wear amajor consideration, while a number of high-speed corners places the tyres under severelateral loads. Keeping r 
ubber ‘alive’ here is a
difficult task.In terms of engines, the heat and the factthat a significant part of the lap here is run atfull throttle means powerplants are heavilystressed. Maximising cooling is imperativeand teams often open supplementarycooling vents in bodywork to facilitate this.
 SEPANG CIRCUITLength of lap:
Lap record
(Juan-Pablo Montoya,Williams-BMW, 2004)
Start line/finish line offset
Total number of race laps
Total race distance
Pitlane speed limits
60km/h during practice andqualifying;100km/h during race
The pit wall debris fence has beenextended in order to better protectthe marshals.
The DRS sectors will be betweenturns 15 and 1 (pit straight, as last
 And then there’s the rain. Heavy downpours
are a frequent occurrence and the possibilityof torrential rain adds an extra air of 
unpredictability to the season’s second race.
The 2012 race was a case in point. The racestarted wet and as the rain intensifiedrunning was suspended on lap nine. Whenthe action resumed it was Fernando Alonsowho took the lead. In a dramatic final third,the Ferrari driver was chased to thechequered flag by Sergio Perez. TheMexican was unable to pass, but claimedhis first podium finish with second place,ahead of Lewis Hamilton.Punishing conditions, an exciting circuitlayout and unpredictable weather conditionsmean a grand prix at Sepang is rarely dulland this weekend should be no exception.
year) and then between turns 14 and15 (back straight). There will be adetection point for each DRS sector.
Malaysian GP Fast Facts 
This will be the 15th running of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Therace made its Formula Onecalendar debut on October 17th,1999.
► In the first two years of its
existence the race was staged atthe end of the season. However,in 2001 it moved to March andhad held an early-season slotever since.
► In the 14 events to date, the
driver in pole position has goneon to win the race on sevenoccasions. The first winner frompole was Michael Schumacher in2000 and the most recentSebastian Vettel in 2011.
► Last year’s winner Fernando
 Alonso started the race fromeighth on the grid, the furthestback a winner has started in thehistory of the race. KimiRaikkonen won the 2003 eventfrom seventh position.
► Ferrari is the most successful
constructor at the Malaysian GPwith six wins. Eddie Irvine wonthe inaugural event for theScuderia, Michael Schumacher won the next three grands prix atSepang, Raikkonen wasvictorious in 2008and Alonso won last year.
Alonso has won the MalaysianGrand Prix with three differentteams
Renault in 2005,McLaren in 2007 and Ferrari lastyear.
► Of the drivers racing thisweekend McLaren’s Jenson
Button has the most Sepangstarts. The Briton has raced 13Malaysian Grands Prix and onlymissed out on the 1999 event ashe was busy racing in F3 thatyear.
► Sergio Perez’s second place
last year for Sauber was the firsttime a Mexican driver hadappeared on the podium sincePedro Rodriguez finished secondin the 1971 Dutch Grand Prix for BRM
19 years before Perezwas born.
► Whi
le this will be the firstMalaysian Grand Prix for newboys Valtteri Bottas, JulesBianchi, Max Chilton Giedo vander Garde and Esteban Gutierrez,only Bianchi has never appearedon the Sepang track before.Bottas made his Formula Oneweekend debut here last year in aFriday practice session for 
Williams. Sauber’s Gutierrez
raced here for ART Lotus in GP2last season, finishing seventh inthe feature race and second inthe sprint race.
Caterham’s Van der Garde first
raced here in GP2 Asia in 2009with iSport and last year returnedwith Caterham Racing to finishfourth in the sprint race and
Marussia’s Chilton finished third inlast year’s GP2 feature race.
► The 2012 GP was a good racefor one of last year’s rookies. ToroRosso’s Jean
-Eric Vergne tookhis first Formula Onechampionship points with aneighth-place finish.
► This will be Fernando Alonso’s
200th grand prix. He made hisdebut at the 2001 AustralianGrand Prix for Minardi and sincethen has scored 30 wins, 22 polepositions, 57 other podiumfinishes and, of course, two
Formula One Drivers’
Championship titles, in 2005 and2006, both for Renault.
► Pirelli is bringing its Hard and
Medium compounds to this race.
Malaysian GP 

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