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.
Since 2001, the Malaysian Grand Prix has moved from the end of the schedule 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.
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.
The day before, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had met Ecclestone to discuss an extension of the Formula One contract beyond 2010. While the government had been given an additional extension to host the Grand Prix until 2015, the government was still mulling the offer, as of 23 April 2007. The circuit was given a renewed contract in 2006 to organise the Malaysian Grand Prix for another five years.
More info on the Malaysian GP wikipedia
Circuit Name: Sepang International Circuit
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.543km
Race Distance: 310.408km
Lap Record: 1:34.223 [Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004]
Friday 22nd March 2013
Practice 1: 10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2: 14:00 – 15:30
Saturday 23rd March 2013
Practice 3: 13:00 – 14:00
Sunday 24th March 2013
Last Time Out...
2013 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX
Grand Prix Debut
Drivers: Giancarlo Fisichella / Alexander Wurz
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