2017 Formula 1 calendar

Australian GP 24-26 Mar
Chinese GP 7-9 Apr
Bahrain GP 14-16 Apr
Russian GP 28-30 Apr
Spanish GP 12-14 May
Monaco GP 25-28 May
Canadian GP 9-11 Jun
Azerbaijan GP 23-25 Jun
Austrian GP 7-9 Jul
British GP 14-16 Jul
Hungarian GP 28-30 Jul
Belgian GP 25-27 Aug
Italian GP 1-3 Sep
Singapore GP 15-17 Sep
Malaysian GP 29-1 Oct
Japanese GP 6-8 Oct
United States GP 20-22 Oct
Mexican GP 27-29 Oct
Brazilian GP 10-12 Nov
Abu Dhabi GP 24-26 Nov

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Malaysian Grand Prix 2017

Sepang International Circuit.

Sepang International Circuit is located about 60 kilometers from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Grand Prix is maybe the toughest race of the season. The weather is extremely hot and humid with some of the highest temperatures on the Formula 1 calendar, which makes it a rather physical track and therefore one of the most exhausting circuits. The combination of the track and the climate is also hard on the engines. Engines are running almost 70 percent of the lap at full throttle.

Sepang International Circuit is 5.54 kilometers long and features 15 corners, ten right-handers and five left-handers. The minimum track width is 16 meters. It is raced in a clockwise direction and is noted for its sweeping corners and wide straights. It has two long straights of nearly a kilometer each followed by tight, slow-speed corners, along with several extremely high-speed corners and the widest sections of track around. With its long straights and tight hairpins there are plenty of overtaking possibilities.

The tropical climate means that it could rain at any minute, so that is always a bit unpredictable, particularly because when it rains in Malaysia, it really rains! For the engineers, the set-up here is one of the toughest of the season. Setting-up the chassis and suspension to cope with the varied nature of the circuit is a complex compromise. The track requires a fairly high level of aerodynamic downforce and excellent car balance. Malaysia's changeable weather and high temperatures can also result in tyre problems, which also affect the braking deceleration. Tyre management is very important in Malaysia.

Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Google Maps

A virtual lap of Sepang F1 circuit