Malaysian GP: thoughts on the start

The Malaysian Grand Prix is less than 12 hours away. Will we get another action-packed encounter as we saw in Melbourne – and will the rain we’ve expected all weekend finally arrive? Let’s take a look ahead to the crucial opening lap of the race and see how the start, the first stint, and the […]

Moveable wings making any difference?

We’ve had no shortage of stuff to talk about since the F1 season got started again last week: KERS, tyres, the look of the cars, the emergence of Brawn GP, the BBC, McLaren’s lack of pace, twilight races and the usual controversies. But we’ve hardly heard anything at all about the new adjustable wings. Before […]

Malaysian GP Pictures: Qualifying


The rain stayed away during Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying – here’s a selection of pictures from today’s action at the Sepang circuit.

Malaysian GP fuel weights and strategies

Here are the starting weight of each car and their projected first stint length. At Sepang the cars use fuel at a rate of approximately 2.38kg 2.64kg per lap (figures revised below accordingly). Grid Qualifying Name Weight Fuel (kg) First stint (laps) 1 1 Jenson Button 660 55 20 2 2 Jarno Trulli 656.5 51.5 […]

Button takes second pole position of 2009 (Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying)

Jenson Button made it two pole positions in a row as he beat Jarno Trulli by less than a tenth of a second in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. But Felipe Massa will start from 16th after he and Ferrari made a disastrous mistake early in the session.

Malaysian Grand Prix grid

Here is the Malaysian Grand Prix grid following the application of penalties. The drivers’ starting weights have been published – see here: Malaysian GP fuel weights and strategies 1. Jenson Button 1’35.181 2. Jarno Trulli 1’35.273 3. Timo Glock 1’35.690 4. Nico Rosberg 1’35.750 5. Mark Webber 1’35.797 6. Robert Kubica 1’36.106 7. Kimi Raikkonen […]

Should F1 have ??twilight? races? (Poll)

The Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend will, like the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, be another ??twilight? race. These two races have later start times in an effort to improve television audiences in Europe. But is it safe to start races so late, and does it make any difference to the television figures?

F1 links: Ecclestone slams Vettel penalty

Ecclestone Believes Vettel Penalty Unjust Bernie Ecclestone on Vettel's penalty: "It was wrong. The poor guy is punished for an accident. He lost third place. If the rule is that you get punished for a collision with another driver, then soon we will have no more fights. We want to see more wheel-to-wheel (duels), not […]

IndyCar pretending to be F1?

Jonathan at Sports Rubbish has spotted what looks like some downright cheeky behaviour on the part of Indy Racing League broadcaster Versus – and it’s happening on this very site. Versus seem to be running Google ads using the keyword ‘Formula 1′ directing people to its coverage of the first round of the 2009 IRL […]

Malaysian GP pictures: practice


Round two of the 2009 F1 season began today with practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Here’s a selection of pictures of all the teams and drivers.