Hello F1 Fans,
Two weeks after a dramatic opening weekend in Melbourne, the Formula 1 circus heads to the Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Malaysia is well known for it’s unexpected and sudden rainfalls, often changing the outcome of the race. Last years Malaysian Grand Prix was infamous for Redbulls “multi 21" orders. High temperatures are usually the order of the day at Sepang Circuit. In terms of engines, the heat and the fact that a significant part of the lap here is run at full throttle means the new power units are heavily stressed. Maximising cooling is imperative and teams often open supplementary cooling vents in bodywork to facilitate this. This would put extra stress on the V6 turbo cooling.
TYRE ALLOCATION - The heat and Sepang’s abrasive track surface makes tire wear a major consideration, while a number of high-speed corners places the tyres under severe lateral loads. Keeping rubber ‘alive’ here is a difficult task. Pirelli has elected the P Zero hard orange and P Zero white medium tires for the Malaysian GP. The white-banded tires will serve as the race weekend’s ‘option’ compounds with the orange-marked hard tires the 'prime' choice.
DRS ZONES -There will be two DRS zones at Sepang. Each DRS zone will have its own detection point, unlike in Melbourne last week where a single detection point served as the trigger for both zones. First DRS detection point is 54m after turn 12, with the activation at 104m after turn 14. The second detection point will be 16m before Turn 15, with the activation point 28m after Turn 15.
Can favorites Mercedes pick up their second win in as many races? Can Ferrari recover from an “unacceptable” performance at Australian GP? Will Red Bull recover from the fuel-gate fiasco? If you're in the New York City area and looking for some great racing action with other F1 fans, be sure to join us for the Malaysian Grand Prix to see who will take the checkered flag. Race will start at 4:00AM EDT with the pre-race starting at 3:30AM EDT. It's going to be another exciting race.
We hope to see you all!