21.03.2012: 2012 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG 23-25 MARCH
Round two of the 2012 Formula One World Championship takes the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS
2012 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG 23-25 MARCH
Round two of the 2012 Formula One World Championship takes the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team to Malaysia, home of the team's title partner PETRONAS. The PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 25 March at the 5.543 km Sepang International Circuit, just outside of Kuala Lumpur.
* The run from pole to the apex of turn one is 660 metres long - the second longest of the season after Barcelona.
* Half of the last ten races in Malaysia have been won from pole; the highest winning grid position was P7, in 2003.
* The last ten Malaysian Grands Prix have featured no official Safety Car deployments (the 2009 race is not considered as it officially ran to only 31 laps).
"After the disappointment of how the first race in Melbourne turned out, I am flying to Malaysia with a big sense of anticipation, because we saw in Australia that our car is capable of putting us in the mix. Of course, we haven't forgotten that the circuit in Melbourne is not really representative of the true competitive picture, but nevertheless the car gives me a good feeling for the season ahead.
Sepang will be interesting for everybody because it will be the first clue to the real relative strengths of all the cars. The range of slow and fast corners give a good indication of where you are, which always makes the race in Malaysia fun for the drivers and engineers, and overall a big challenge for both man and machine. I'm looking forward to it."
"I always look forward to coming to Malaysia for the Grand Prix. Sepang is one of my absolute favourite tracks on the calendar and it is the home race of our friends from PETRONAS.
The circuit has two long straights which should suit us this year, and the conditions will be very demanding as always due to the high heat and humidity. I'm confident that we can improve our performance here, and we will have a successful weekend in front of all our Malaysian supporters."
Ross Brawn, Team Principal
"The Malaysian Grand Prix is always a special race for the team as the home race of our title partner PETRONAS. As always, the support that PETRONAS provides to Formula One, both to our team and to the promotion of the sport and the Grand Prix in Malaysia, has been fantastic, and we are all looking forward to a busy and successful week.
Despite a positive start, our first race weekend of the season in Australia did not turn out as we would have wished, and there has been, and will continue to be, a lot of hard work done before we take to the track again in Malaysia. We have a fundamentally good car, now it is up to us to optimise its performance and achieve its potential on track."
Norbert Haug, Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport "Last weekend in Melbourne, we began the race well, with our cars running third and fourth, and ended it badly, with Michael retiring from P3, while Nico suffered a puncture on the last lap after contact with another car while fighting for sixth place.
Before this, Nico's lap times were affected by higher levels of tyre degradation than ourselves and Pirelli had expected from testing and the practice sessions in Melbourne. Our team will be working hard to understand and, where possible, correct this before the next race in Malaysia.
Our title partner PETRONAS is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and they are strong supporters of Mercedes-Benz motorsport activities in Formula One, DTM and our Formula 3 junior programme. However PETRONAS is much more than a title partner and element of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team name. Thanks to their hard work, the continuous development of fuels and oils has also brought valuable tenths of a second in lap time improvements.
Moreover, Mercedes-Benz and PETRONAS are close business partners in many countries around the world, with notable success. Together, we are working to achieve similar successes in Formula One and, with the potential our car has shown in pre-season testing and in qualifying and the opening stages of the race in Melbourne, we are now working in a focused manner to convert this into strong race results."
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PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURTimo Glock“After Free Practice 3 this morning I’d say we had some problems as we couldn’t get the car to work like yesterday and we didn’t have the same speed. My Race Engineer and Performance Engineer worked very well together to come up with a good solution whic weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURNarain Karthikeyan“We made it through qualifying which was our aim for today. The car is virtually brand new so it’s good to get some more mileage done, the more time we can get out on the track the better. I flat spotted my second set of tyres on turn one so it was hard to s weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURHeikki Kovalainen"That was a great session for us and I'm really pleased with how we've performed. After yesterday, I didn't really know what to expect going into today's sessions but the guys have done a great job to give me a car that is totally different to yesterday. As soon as weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURJaime Alguersuari“Finishing P12 and 13 is a good result for the team and I feel we have the potential to do a good race tomorrow. We got pretty much the maximum out of the set-up. Sebastien was again faster than me by a small amount, doing a good job. I feel we have a good set-up, weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURSergio Pérez“I am a bit disappointed because we had the potential for Q3 if I had got my final lap right. On my second run in Q2 I was caught in traffic on my out lap. On the flying lap sectors one and two were fine, but in sector three I had no front grip and the car was un weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURAdrian Sutil“The first qualifying session was not too bad I think and I felt quite positive. But we did not improve too much in the second session, which I was a little surprised about and we had a problem with a mis-shift. But I know the team is weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURRubens Barrichello“We don’t seem to have the pace we need in qualifying. We were stronger in Melbourne and so we need to analyse why and see where we are in the race. All things considered, my lap was ok, in fact it was probably one of my best laps around Ma weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURNick Heidfeld"I’m very satisfied as I think it’s the maximum we could have achieved, especially looking back at Friday where we didn’t do many laps at all and didn’t have a lot of time to set up the car. It got faster and faster in qualifying today, but I ha weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURMichael Schumacher“We had some issues with the rear wing activation today and unfortunately that's what compromised my last run in Q2. The car became difficult to drive, which is a real shame as it had been working very well during the earlier runs. The performance was weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPURFernando Alonso“We weren’t quick enough in Australia and we are not here in Malaysia either, at least not enough to fight for pole position. From what we have seen over these two races, there are two teams who have worked better than us over the winter and clearly we ha weiter >>
PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX SEPANG, KUALA LUMPUR Jenson Button“I just wish Q2 had been Q3, but it wasn’t! I had a touch more oversteer in Q3, but that’s the set-up direction I chose to take. The balance was pretty good, but I hurt the tyres a little bit too much in the final sector, and that left me in fourth. It loo weiter >>
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