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Malaysian Grand Prix

Malaysian Grand Prix
Sepang International Circuit
Race information
Number of times held 34
First held 1962
Most wins (drivers) John MacDonald,
Sebastian Vettel (4)
Most wins (constructors) Ferrari (7)
Circuit length 5.543 km (3.444 mi)
Race length 310.408 km (192.878 mi)
Laps 56
Last race (2015)
Pole position
Podium
Fastest lap

First included in the Formula One World Championship in 1999, the current Malaysian Grand Prix is held at the Sepang International Circuit at Sepang, Malaysia. FIA-sanctioned racing in Malaysia has existed since the 1960s. Since 2011, the race has been officially known as the Malaysia Grand Prix.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Singapore and Shah Alam 1.1
    • Sepang International Circuit 1.2
    • Proposed night race 1.3
  • Sponsors 2
  • Winners of the Malaysian Grand Prix 3
    • Multiple winners (drivers) 3.1
    • Multiple winners (constructors) 3.2
    • Year by year 3.3
  • Support races 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Singapore and Shah Alam

The 1962-1965 seasons of the original Formula Two Grand Prix held on the Thomson Road circuit in Singapore is regarded as an earlier precedence of the Malaysian Grand Prix, when Singapore was originally part of the Malaysian federation from 1963 to 1965. After Singapore seceded from the federation in 1965, the Grand Prix continued until 1973.

Between Singapore's departure from the Malaysian federation and the opening of Sepang Circuit, Malaysia hosted a range of other racing tournaments at Shah Alam's own circuit between 1968 to 1995, including the Tasman Series (1968–1972),[2] Formula Pacific (1973–1974, 1978–1982), Formula Atlantic (1975), Formula Two (1977) and Formula Holden (1995).

Sepang International Circuit

As part of a series of major infrastructure projects in the 1990s under Mahathir Mohamad's government, the Sepang International Circuit was constructed between 1997 and 1999 close to Putrajaya, the then-newly founded administrative capital of the country, with the intent of hosting the Malaysian Grand Prix. Similar to other of the country's circuits, the circuit is known for its unpredictable humid tropical weather, varying from clear furnace hot days to tropical rain storms.

The inaugural Grand Prix at Sepang was held in 1999, and saw Michael Schumacher return to the sport after his absence due to a broken leg sustained at that year's British Grand Prix.[3] Ferrari dominated the race, with Schumacher handing the victory to title-hopeful team-mate Eddie Irvine, only for both Ferraris to be disqualified due to a technical irregularity, before later being reinstated.[4]

The 2001 event was hit by a heavy rainstorm in the middle of the race which made conditions very difficult. Conditions were so bad that the two Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello spun off almost simultaneously at the same corner. Remarkably, they both recovered to score a Ferrari "1-2", because for a long time they were nearly 5 seconds faster than anyone else on the field. Elsewhere, the race was even led by Jos Verstappen, surprisingly. However, as the track begun to dry, he fell back to 7th, but his efforts to keep positions were memorable.[5]

Since 2001, the Malaysian Grand Prix has moved from the end of the season to the beginning, which has seen some topsy-turvy results as teams and drivers get to grips with their new equipment, with many races heavily influenced by the winners and losers of the scramble for position into the tight double hairpin bend at the first corner.[6]

On 8 April 2007, shortly before the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix, Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone was quoted as stating that the circuit was getting "shabby" and "a bit tired" from the lack of care, describing it as "an old house that needs a bit of redecorating". He noted that the circuit itself is not the issue, but rather the surrounding environ; rubbish is said to be littered all over the place, potentially damaging the circuit's good reputation when it was opened in 1999.[7]

The day before, Malaysian Prime Minister

  • Sepang International Circuit official website
  • Motorsport The Asian Way by Roderick Eime
  • Malaysia statistics

External links

  1. ^ "Petronas extends Malaysian race sponsorship". formula1.com. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Shah Alam 1968-84". e-Tracks. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "The second coming of Schumacher Malaysian Grand Prix: Ferrari's talisman returns to poll position and can have a big say in title race". The Independent. 17 October 1999. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "GRAND PRIX RESULTS: MALAYSIAN GP, 1999". grandprix.com. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "GRAND PRIX RESULTS: MALAYSIAN GP, 2001". grandprix.com. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "2013 Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview". FIA. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "'"F1 boss says Sepang getting 'shabby.  
  8. ^ "Malaysia mulling contract to extend Formula One race until 2015".  
  9. ^ "Malaysia closing on '09 race". itv.com/f1. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Malaysian GP rules out night racing". ITV-F1.com. 1 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Button wins again but rain stops play at Sepang". F1 Fanatic. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

References

Formula BMW Asia and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia have supported the Malaysian Grand Prix since 2003.

Support races

Year Driver Constructor Class Location Report
2015 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Formula One Sepang Report
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Formula One Report
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2012 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Formula One Report
2011 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2010 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes Formula One Report
2008 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Formula One Report
2007 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes Formula One Report
2006 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault Formula One Report
2005 Fernando Alonso Renault Formula One Report
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Formula One Report
2003 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Formula One Report
2002 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Formula One Report
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Formula One Report
2000 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Formula One Report
1999 Eddie Irvine Ferrari Formula One Report
1998

1996
Not held
1995 Paul Stokell Reynard-Holden Formula Holden Shah Alam Report
1994

1983
Not held
1982 Andrew Miedecke Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Shah Alam Report
1981 Andrew Miedecke Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1980 Steve Millen Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1979 Ken Smith March-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1978 Graeme Lawrence March-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1977 Patrick Tambay March-BMW Formula Two Report
1975 John MacDonald Ralt-Ford Formula Atlantic Report
1974 John MacDonald Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1973 Sonny Rajah March-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1972 Harvey Simon Elfin-Ford Tasman Report
1971 John MacDonald Brabham-Ford Tasman Report
1970 John MacDonald Brabham-Ford Tasman Report
1969 Tony Maw Elfin-Ford Tasman Report
1968 Hengkie Iriawan Elfin-Ford Tasman Report
1967

1966
Not held as Thomson Road circuit was now in an independent Singapore.
Thomson Road circuit held the Singapore Grand Prix until 1973.
1965 Albert Poon Lotus Thomson Road Report
1964 Cancelled after practice.
1963 Albert Poon Lotus Thomson Road Report
1962 Yong Nam Kee Jaguar Report
The 1962 race was titled "Malayan Grand Prix"

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year by year

Wins Constructor Years Won
7 Ferrari 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2015
4 March 1972, 1977, 1978, 1979
Ralt 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982
3 Brabham 1970, 1971, 1973
Red Bull 2010, 2011, 2013
2 Lotus 1963, 1965
Elfin 1968, 1969
McLaren 2003, 2007
Renault 2005, 2006
A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Embolded teams are still competing in the Formula One championship

Multiple winners (constructors)

Wins Driver Years
4 John MacDonald 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975
Sebastian Vettel 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
3 Michael Schumacher 2000, 2001, 2004
Fernando Alonso 2005, 2007, 2012
2 Albert Poon 1963, 1965
Andrew Miedecke 1981, 1982
Kimi Räikkönen 2003, 2008
A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Embolded drivers are still competing in the Formula One championship

Multiple winners (drivers)

Winners of the Malaysian Grand Prix

  • 1999–2010: Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
  • 2011–2018: Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

Sponsors

[11] indeed did adopt a late afternoon start time. However this proved disastrous due to heavy rainfall and the race not being able to be restarted due to the low light level making it through the clouds, the race ended on Lap 33, and with the rules requiring 42 laps for full points, so both driver and constructor results were halved in relation to points.2009 Malaysian Grand Prix The [10] On 13 February 2008, the management of the Sepang International Circuit announced its aim to become Formula One's second night race from

Proposed night race

[7]

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