Malaysian Grand Prix

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Malaysian Grand Prix
Sepang International Circuit
Sepang.svg
Race information
Laps 56
Circuit length 5.543 km (3.444 mi)
Race length 310.408 km (192.878 mi)
Number of times held 34
First held 1962
Most wins (drivers) Hong Kong John MacDonald (4)
Most wins (constructors) Italy Ferrari (6)
Last race (2014)
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]

History[edit]

Preceding racing tournaments[edit]

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 on 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)[citation needed], Formula Pacific (1973–1974, 1978–1982), Formula Atlantic (1975), Formula Two (1977) and Formula Holden (1995).

Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit[edit]

The World Championship Malaysian Grands Prix have seen a good deal of action on and off the track, whilst the weather—furnace heat one minute, tropical storm the next—adds extra spice. The most notable Grand Prix at Sepang to date was the inaugural event in 1999. It saw Michael Schumacher return to the sport after his absence due to a broken leg sustained at that year's British Grand Prix, dominating the race and handing the victory to title-hopeful team-mate Eddie Irvine, only for both Ferraris to be disqualified due to a technical irregularity, handing the title—until the steward's decision was overruled—to Mika Häkkinen.

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.

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.[2]

The day before, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had met Ecclestone to discuss an extension of the Formula One contract beyond 2010.[2] 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.[3] The circuit was given a renewed contract in 2006 to organise the Malaysian Grand Prix for another five years.[2]

Proposed night race[edit]

On 13 February 2008, the management of the Sepang International Circuit announced its aim to become Formula One's second night race from 2009 after Singapore, following discussions about buying a floodlighting system. Its plans seem to be moving forward when Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, the chairman of the circuit, revealed that they were in the process of securing a lighting system. He was quoted as saying, "They might be custom made for the circuit." [4] However, since then, the organizers have confirmed that they will not be making the race a night race, but will be adopting a late-afternoon start time.[5] The 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix 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.

Sponsors[edit]

  • 1999–2010: Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
  • 2011–2014: Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

Winners of the Malaysian Grand Prix[edit]

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

Embolded drivers are still competing in the Formula One championship
A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Wins Driver Years
4 Hong Kong John MacDonald 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 2000, 2001, 2004
Spain Fernando Alonso 2005, 2007, 2012
Germany Sebastian Vettel 2010, 2011, 2013
2 Hong Kong Albert Poon 1963, 1965
Australia Andrew Miedecke 1981, 1982
Finland Kimi Räikkönen 2003, 2008

Multiple winners (constructors)[edit]

Embolded teams are still competing in the Formula One championship
A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Wins Constructor Years Won
6 Italy Ferrari 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012
4 United Kingdom March 1972, 1977, 1978, 1979
United Kingdom Ralt 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982
3 United Kingdom Brabham 1970, 1971, 1973
Austria Red Bull 2010, 2011, 2013
2 United Kingdom Lotus 1963, 1965
Australia Elfin 1968, 1969
United Kingdom McLaren 2003, 2007
France Renault 2005, 2006

Year by year[edit]

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship. The 1962 race was titled "Malayan Grand Prix"

Year Driver Constructor Class Location Report
2014 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Formula One Sepang Report
2013 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2012 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari Formula One Report
2011 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2010 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2009 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes Formula One Report
2008 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Formula One Report
2007 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes Formula One Report
2006 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault Formula One Report
2005 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Formula One Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Formula One Report
2003 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Formula One Report
2002 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Formula One Report
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Formula One Report
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Formula One Report
1999 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari Formula One Report
1998-
1996
Not held
1995 Australia Paul Stokell Reynard-Holden Formula Holden Shah Alam Report
1994-
1983
Not held
1982 Australia Andrew Miedecke Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Shah Alam Report
1981 Australia Andrew Miedecke Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1980 New Zealand Steve Millen Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1979 New Zealand Ken Smith March-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1978 New Zealand Graeme Lawrence March-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1977 France Patrick Tambay March-BMW Formula Two Report
1975 Hong Kong John MacDonald Ralt-Ford Formula Atlantic Report
1974 Hong Kong John MacDonald Ralt-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1973 Malaysia Sonny Rajah March-Ford Formula Pacific Report
1972 United States Harvey Simon Elfin-Ford Tasman Report
1971 Hong Kong John MacDonald Brabham-Ford Tasman Report
1970 Hong Kong John MacDonald Brabham-Ford Tasman Report
1969 Malaysia Tony Maw Elfin-Ford Tasman Report
1968 Indonesia Hengkie Iriawan Elfin-Ford Tasman Report
1967-
1966
Not held as Thomson Road circuit now was in an independent Singapore.
Thomson Road now held the Singapore Grand Prix
.
1965 Hong Kong Albert Poon Lotus Thomson Road Report
1964 Cancelled after practice.
1963 Hong Kong Albert Poon Lotus Thomson Road Report
1962 Singapore Yong Nam Kee Jaguar Report

Support races[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Petronas extends Malaysian race sponsorship". formula1.com. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "F1 boss says Sepang getting 'shabby'". Agence France-Presse/espnstar.com. Archived from the original on 10 April 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Malaysia mulling contract to extend Formula One race until 2015". Associated Press/International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 3 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Malaysia closing on '09 race". itv.com/f1. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Malaysian GP rules out night racing". ITV-F1.com. 1 October 2008. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 2°45′36″N 101°44′13″E / 2.760°N 101.737°E / 2.760; 101.737