The 19th and final Malaysian GP is here, sad to see it go as it’s always a track I’ve liked, and the weather can be very, interesting.
The Sepang International Circuit (luckily far fewer races named International Circuit now) is a 5.543km long track with 15 corners. After 56 laps of racing the total distance is 310.408km, the longest race on the calendar, a few hundred meters longer than Sochi.
In the 18 previous races in Malaysia exactly half have been won from pole position and 13 (72.22%) from the front row of the grid. The lowest position the race has been won from is eighth, which Fernando Alonso achieved in 2012, Raikkonen is the next lowest with seventh in 2003.
Ten different drivers have won the Malaysian GP, but Ferrari drivers have dominated, winning seven times. Vettel is the driver with the most wins in Sepang with four, while Alonso has three and Raikkonen two. Lewis Hamilton has taken pole in Malaysia four times, but has only managed to win the race once.
Pierre Gasly will be making his F1 debut this weekend, replacing the unfortunate Russian Daniil Kvyat, though it is rumoured he will return in a few races time.
The Silly Stats
A Malayan tiger can run a lap of Sepang in 5:32.580, probably quicker a more reliable than a Honda powered McLaren.
The spiky durian fruit can grow up to 30cm, 18,476 would lap once around Sepang and 1,524,325 would be enough to cover the track.