Sepang International Circuit – track information

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Sepang, 2013The Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur was designed by Hermann Tilke and built to host the first Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999.

The circuit’s main grandstand faces in opposite directions onto two long straights joined by a hairpin which forms the track’s final corner. The combination of long straights and varied low, medium and high-speed turns requires teams to strike a compromise between high downforce for cornering performance and low drag for straight-line speed.

Conditions at the track are reliably hot and humid, and late afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence. These have affected several races and qualifying sessions at the track, notably in 2009 when the race was abandoned and half-points awarded following a downpour.

Circuit information

Lap data
Lap length 5.543km (3.444 miles)
Race laps 56
Race distance 310.408km (192.879 miles)
Pole position Right-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’34.223 (211.783 kph) by Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004
Fastest lap 1’32.582 (215.536 kph) by Fernando Alonso, 2005
Maximum speed 303kph (188.275 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight and final straight
Distance from grid to turn one 650m
Car performance
Full throttle 45%
Longest flat-out section 1029m
Downforce level High
Fuel use per lap 1.7kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.051s
Strategy
Quickest complete pit stop in 2013 20.736s by Red Bull (see full list)
2014 prime tyre: Hard (2013: Hard)
2014 option tyre: Medium (2013: Medium)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

Video guide to the Sepang International Circuit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyYkEvmj3Qo

Sepang International Circuit track map

Sepang International Circuit, 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit aerial map

Sepang International Circuit gallery

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