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Malaysia 2011 - Race information // Gather all you need to know about this weekend's race in Sepang

Published by Christine

From an unusually cool Melbourne, Formula One heads to the hot and humid climate of Sepang, with Malaysia the next stop on our tour around the globe. The second race of the year looks set to sort the men from the boys as the tough conditions really put the cars and drivers to the test.

Event schedule

Red Bull kicked off 2011 in the same style as they left 2010 - supremely dominant but wary of the competition. Sebastian Vettel ruled both qualifying and the race, putting everyone, including his own teammate, to shame. Those we thought would be battling for the lead were not, and those we didn't expect seemed to improve massively over winter testing.

Both Sauber and Renault showed improved pace, although the former has had to deal with a double disqualification, and go back to the drawing board on their rear wings. Renault have a podium place to live up to, and Nick Heidfeld will be hoping he can get through a weekend without sustaining debilitating damage to his car.

Ferrari and Mercedes both need to improve their pace this weekend, whether that is down to car setup or the new tyres or perhaps both. Further back, Force India will want to do better, while Toro Rosso can hope to continue their forward momentum.

Of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention HRT. They worked really hard over the Australia weekend and got little for their efforts. Failing to qualify either car for the race was a setback, but now they have had two weeks to get things right, we can hope that they are finally up to the task in hand.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT+1)Time (Local)
8 AprilFridayFree Practice 103:0010:00
Free Practice 207:0014:00
9 AprilSaturdayFree Practice 306:0013:00
Qualifying09:0016:00
10 AprilSundayGrand Prix09:0016:00

Support racing for this event includes the Malaysian Super Series.

The weather

Looking ahead to what the skies will bring during the weekend, it seems as though thunder and rain are the best we can expect. The days may start out sunny but soon enough the clouds will form and then there will be a downpour. This could make it a very long weekend.

rain

Sepang International Circuit, Friday

31℃

  • Low 25℃
  • Humidity 68%

Thundery shower

rain

Sepang International Circuit, Saturday

30℃

  • Low 24℃
  • Humidity 69%

Thundery shower

rain

Sepang International Circuit, Sunday

30℃

  • Low 24℃
  • Humidity 69%

Thundery shower

Circuit map

Sepang International Circuit Map
Sepang International Circuit MapCredit: FIA

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameSepang International Circuit
LocationMalaysia
TimezoneGMT +0800
First Race1999
Laps56
Length5.543 km
Distance310.408 km
Start / Finish Offset0.000 km

One of the main features of the Sepang circuit is the wide track, which could provide more room for overtaking. We should see more from the drag reduction rear wings as the long straights at the beginning and end of the circuit will allow for more opportunities to push that button.

The corners are fast and furious, so drivers will want their cars to have great balance and traction through the corners, but not enough to slow them down on the straights - speeds can get up to 310kph.

The race is delayed local time to accommodate the European audiences but that means it's more likely to be interrupted by a terrific downpour of rain - as we have experienced a couple of times already.

2010 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:34.921Live / Results
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:34.175Live / Results
Free Practice 3Mark WebberRed Bull1:33.542Live / Results
QualifyingMark WebberRed Bull1:49.327Live / Results
Grand PrixSebastian VettelRed Bull1:33:48.412Live / Results
Fastest LapMark WebberRed Bull1:37.054

Tyre compounds

Hard and soft compounds
Hard and soft compoundsCredit: Pirelli

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (Local)AttendeeRepresenting
Thursday15:00Sébastien BuemiToro Rosso
Jenson ButtonMcLaren
Felipe MassaFerrari
Nico RosbergMercedes
Jarno TrulliLotus
Friday16:00Eric BoullierRenault
Ross BrawnMercedes
Paul HemberyPirelli
Christian HornerRed Bull
Monisha KaltenbornSauber
Colin KollesHRT
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Emanuele PirroFormer F1 driver and Le Mans winner
Garry ConnellyExecutive Committee Member of FIA Institute
Vincenzo SpanoPresident of Sporting Commision of the Automobile and Touring club of Venezuela

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