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Sepang, Malaysia Circuit Guide
Sepang International circuit is a modern day creation and one that can be classed a great success, especially when compared to many other 'new' F1 circuits. The unique start with corners 1-3, provide instant excitement for fans and you will get to experience just how challenging this section is. You won't need to battle the rain that disrupts most race, but don'think that will make your lap any easier.
Sepang f1 track
As a key part of the spirit and heart of the racing circuit across the world, the Sepang International Circuit is one of the most impressive out there. Thanks to being relatively new – first opened in 1999 – this brings roughly 80,000 fans into one place to witness some truly high end racing across various different categories and events. For example, the F1 and MotoGP both use this track for their own version of the Malaysian GP, in what tends to be some of the most enjoyable races on the planet.
As with any race in the east, the weather plays a huge part in every F1 race weekend at Sepang, with rain usually meaning rivers being created on track...
In 2013 it was the scene of some controversy when Vettell passed team mate Mark Webber against team orders, whilst 2014 was a mellow affair as Hamilton strolled to victory.
challenging & high speed circuit
Sepang is a tough weekend for the teams, not just due to its long travel time from Europe, but due to the decision of choosing high down force or not. This balancing act can decide how the the weekend pans out for everyone. The long straights allow for top speeds and the DRS zones provide useful overtaking opportunities. The long turns of 3, 5&6 and 13 require the high down force to maintain speed and give the most effective exit speed.
Turns 1 and 2 are tight and slow, incorporating a steep drop at the same time, F1's answer to the corkscrew of Leguna Seca. Car position is vital here and this often leads to clashes, especially at the start of a race with a full grid. With palm trees lining the track, it has a very tropical feel, which is even more true when the heavens open. This track is one that feels fantastic when a perfect lap is put together.
hints & tips
Our racing pro's have created some essential tips for your session with us:
Maintain a high minimum speed during Turn 1 to ensure good levels of downforce
Exit turn 2 thinking about the exit speed (it must be perfect!)
Always think about early acceleration
Straight-line as many corners as you can through Sector 3
Apex the final corner late to ensure you have a high top speed up the main straight