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.
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.