Malaysian Grand-Prix Renault track notes, figures and infos

Malaysian Grand-Prix Renault track notes, figures and infos

23.09.2017: MALAYSIAN GRAND-PRIX 2017 Kuala Lumpur, Sepang Track Notes:

MALAYSIAN GRAND-PRIX 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Sepang


Track Notes:



The 5.543km Sepang International Circuit has been on the Formula 1 calendar since 1999. It features a number of medium-speed to fast curves as well as a couple of tight hairpins which means finding the right setup balance is tricky.



The back straight and the start-finish straight will be a good DRS overtaking opportunity come race day. The weather often plays a part in Malaysia with rain a constant occurrence due to its hot and humid climate.



Pit straight: The ICE will be flat out for around 10secs with speeds reaching over 330kph with DRS activated.



T1/2: The first overtaking opportunity of the lap as DRS is available on the previous straight. The track is heavily cambered into Turn 2, which is a challenge for car setup. Good engine driveability is required through Turns 1 and 2, the second of which leads to a high-speed section so a good exit is needed.



T3: Turn three is easily flat out as the drivers fire onto a sweeping straight which leads into the heavy braking right-hander of turn four.



T5/6: Turns 5 and 6 are two of the fastest corners on the track, taken at over 230kph. These high-speed turns require stiff suspension. The car can be run lower and stiffer as there are no high kerbs in Sepang.



T7/8: A long double corner which is hard on the tyres after the previous high speed section.



T9: A slow corner where the track camber makes traction tricky on the exit.



T12: Another very high speed kink which will probably be flat out this year.



T13/14: The long laterally loaded entry after the previous high speed corners makes this a challenging corner. It can be limited by understeer or oversteer depending on the car and tyre characteristics.



T15: DRS on the straight leading up to this corner makes this an overtaking opportunity. Traction is tricky off this corner in qualifying as the rear tyres start to overheat.




Power Unit Notes:



•    The ICE will be running at full throttle for around 62% of the lap. This is one of the higher percentages of the season, particularly when compared to Singapore which was around 47%. The longest periods of wide open throttle are the pit straight and the back straight before the hairpin, both of which are around 900m each.


•    The humidity of the Malaysian climate reduces the air to fuel mix so theoretically gives the ICE an easier run as the greater the water content in the air, the less oxygen is available to burn. A turbocharged engine, however, always equalizes ambient pressure within the ICE so this effect will be mitigated.



•    The hairpin connecting the two straights and the T1-2 corner complex puts an emphasis on turbo response.


•    Sepang is medium difficulty for the MGU-K since the majority of corners are medium to high speed. The opportunity to recover energy through braking is therefore minimal and fuel consumption is high.



•    Just under 50% of the Sepang lap is comprised of straights so the MGU-H has plenty of opportunity to recover energy from the exhaust gasses. In fact, Sepang is one of the most efficient circuits in this regard.

 



Tyres:


Medium (white) – Nasi Lemak – Often considered as the national dish, it’s a punchy, coconut infused bundle of rice with a spicy side.


Soft (yellow) – Roti Canai – This simple but popular bread is versatile and can be served with anything.


Supersoft (red)  Kuay Teow Goreng – Fried rice noodles; everyone’s go to choice!




In Numbers:



2.2 – The biggest roundabout in the world is in Malaysia at 2.2 miles in diameter.

130,000m – the Taman Negara is amongst the oldest rainforests on Earth at 130,000m years old.

20 – It is estimated that Malaysia has 20% of the world’s animal species.

4,095 – At 4,095 metres, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia.





Malaysian Memories:


Renault, as a manufacturer team, have enjoyed two victories around the Sepang circuit across its 18 years on the Formula 1 calendar. Those wins came back-to-back in 2005 and 2006 across the two Championship winning years. Fernando Alonso led from the lights to the flag in 2005 winning by 24 seconds from former Renault team-mate Jarno Trulli giving Alonso his 10th Formula 1 podium.



The following year, Renault again won from pole position, only this time Giancarlo Fisichella took victory with Alonso finishing second for the Renault one-two which was the Spaniard’s 25th Formula 1 podium finish. Alonso also secured the fastest lap of the race that day.



Renault, and Alonso in particular, hold good memories in Malaysia. In 2003, the then 21-year-old became the youngest Formula 1 pole sitter at the time when he pipped team-mate Trulli by 0.173s for his maiden Formula 1 pole position. And in the race, Alonso finished third for his first Formula 1 podium.



Renault have powered a further four victories around Sepang, three of which coming from Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Daniel Ricciardo, again in a Red Bull, won in Malaysia last season.



 
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