Circuit Information And Race Programme
THE 2016 FORMULA 1™ MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX
For the eleventh time this ultra modern Sepang International Formula One Racing Circuit will play host to the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, which is the second Grand Prix in the 2016 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
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 2016, 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 2016.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|15h00||Petronas Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix (56 Laps)|