THE 2015 FORMULA 1™ MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

For the eleventh time this ultra modern Sepang International Formula One Racing Circuit will play host to the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, which is the second Grand Prix in the 2015 Formula 1 calendar. The circuit itself is one of the finest on the Formula One calendar, with great modern facilities, including a tempting shopping area and an interesting motor museum. As a holiday destination, Malaysia itself offers a wealth of things to do, so extending your Formula 1 Grand Prix tour with us, is definitely worth considering!

SEPANG FORMULA ONE CIRCUIT INFORMATION

General

So what makes the Sepang Formula 1 GP racing circuit so special? Firstly, its unique architecture, totally blends modern technology with the Malaysian culture. Secondly, it is user-friendly, spectator-friendly and very challenging for the racing drivers. This Formula One circuit can accommodate a total of 130,000 spectators, with 30,000 in the unique double-frontage Mall Grandstand. A stunning “Tower” Grandstand, nestling at the tip of this V-shaped Main Grandstand features a roof, which looks similar to the Malaysian national flower, the hibiscus. As the Formula 1 circuit has been built in a stadium-type location, with the track recessed in a valley, you can most of the time, see 50% of it irrespective of where you sit. Sepang has become a favourite among the teams, drivers, media and fans alike; purpose built for the 1999 season, when new standards were set in Formula One GP facilities and circuit layout.

What the drivers say

Malaysia is a very technical Formula 1 GP circuit, putting tremendous demands on the drivers and their cars. There is usually a reasonable expectation of thunder-storms during the race, so the teams will have to consider compromising their race set-up in order to react to the rain, should it arrive. This would involve softening springs, running fuller tanks to improve flexibility, and some compromises to the aerodynamics. At Sepang the teams usually undertake a two-stop strategy due to the oppressive heat. The high temperatures and humidity are the two key factors that can affect performances here. These two factors place high stress levels on both the engines and the drivers over the course of the weekend. Traditionally, the circuit is tough on tyres, because it requires a near-maximum downforce set-up. The Sepang Formula 1 Circuit is, without a doubt, a very challenging and demanding, but a great racing circuit.

EVENT PROGRAM AND INFORMATION

Although not yet finalised for 2015, we have includedlast year’s Formula 1 program, to give you an idea of what the event program should look like. We do not expect any other major changes from last year’s programme. So please take note that the following program and information could change for 2015.

FRIDAY
09h45 – 10h45 Paddock Club Pit Walkabout
11h00 – 12h00 Formula One First Practice Session
12h30 – 13h00 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Practice Session
14h00 – 15h00 Formula One 2nd Practice Session
15h30 – 16h00 Formula BMW Asia Practice Session
16h30 – 17h00 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Qualifying Session
SATURDAY
09h00 – 09h45 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
09h50 – 10h30 Formula BMW Asia 1st Qualifying Session
11h00 – 12h00 Formula One 3rd Practice Session
12h45 – 13h45 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
14h00 – 15h00 Formula One Qualifying Session
15h45 – 16h15 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Race 1 (10 Laps)
16h45 – 17h15 Formula BMW Asia 2nd Qualifying Session
SUNDAY
09h30 – 10h45 Paddock Club Pit Walkabout
11h00 – 11h30 Formula BMW Asia Race (10 Laps)
12h25 – 13h05 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Race 2 (10 Laps)
13h15 – 14h00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
13h45 – 14h15 Formula One Starting Grid Presentation
14h30 Pit Lane Opens
14h45 Pit Lane Closes & Grid Formation
14h46 National Anthem
15h00 Petronas Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix (56 Laps)