Press Release

 Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview 

 01/04/2009 


The Sepang International Circuit will host the second event of the 2009 Formula One season with its twilight race commencing at 1700 hrs local time (0900 GMT). This circuit, built 10 years ago by German architect Herman Tilke, features wide spaces and run-off areas.

 

The circuit itself, built on the site of reclaimed equatorial forests, is renowned for high temperatures and humidity which will push drivers to the limit. The set-up will be a challenge for the teams due to the circuit's long straights, necessity for heavy braking and a mixture of corners. Adaptability to rapidly changing weather conditions which can feature sudden tropical rainstorms will be important for drivers. Their fitness and the balance of the car will be tested in Malaysia's energy-sapping conditions.

 

SEPANG – CIRCUIT GRAPHICS




The interactive version of the above circuit graphic is available on the FIA website (click here).

CHANGES TO THE CIRCUIT SINCE 2008 
•    The verge on the right after turn 6 has been flattened.
       

OTHER CHANGES AT THE SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
•    Media Accreditation: The location of the Media Accreditation Centre has changed from last year. It is now located at the Parking Space at Post Control 1, at the Main Entrance to the paddock, Sepang Circuit.


Circuit data

Length of lap:
Offset:
Total number of race laps:
Total race distance:
Speed limits in the pit lane:
5.543km
0.000km
56
310.408km
60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during race



Formula One time table and media opportunities organised by the FIA

Thursday

Press Conference

 
Friday

Practice Session 1
Practice Session 2
Press Conference

Saturday
Practice Session 3
Qualifying
Followed by unilateral and press conference

Sunday
Drivers Parade and Group Photograph
Race
Followed by unilateral and press conference


15.00 hrs - 16.00 hrs

 


10.00 – 11.30 hrs
14.00 – 15.30 hrs
16.00 – 17.00 hrs

 


14.00 – 15.00 hrs
17.00 – 18.00 hrs
 

 


15.30 – 15.45 hrs
17.00 hrs



Additional media opportunities

•   Autograph signing: All drivers will sign autographs for the public in their designated team space in the pit lane for 15 minutes. Time to be confirmed.

 

•   Qualifying: All drivers eliminated in Q1 or Q2 will be available for media interviews immediately after the end of each session. In addition, all drivers who participated in Q3, and who are not required to take part in the post-qualifying press conference, will also be available for media interviews immediately after Q3. Location for these interviews is to be confirmed.

 

•   Race: Any driver retiring before the end of the race will be available for media interviews after his return to the paddock. In addition, all drivers who finish the race outside the top three will be available immediately after the end of the race for media interviews. Location for these interviews is to be confirmed.

 

•   During the race every team will make at least one senior spokesperson available for interviews by officially accredited TV crews.

 

For Media Information Purposes - No Regulatory Value.