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Malaysia Grand Prix 2017 - Stats & Fats

Written by  Sep 27, 2017

The Malaysian Grand Prix is a round of the Formula One World Championship. It has been held at the Sepang International Circuit since 1999, although FIA-sanctioned racing in Malaysia has existed since the 1960s.

Malaysian Grand Prix, Round 15 of the 2017 Formula 1 season

Circuit Name: Sepang International Circuit

Race Laps: 56

Circuit Length: 5.543 km (3.444 mi)

Race Length: 310.408 km (192.878 mi)

Number of corners: 15 (10 Right, 5 Left)

Circuit Direction: Clockwise

Pole Position 2016: Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 1:32.850

Race Track Record: 1:34.223 (MON, 2004)

Ultimate Track Record: 1:32.582 (ALO, Q1, 2005)

Distance from pole to T1 apex: 683.6 m

Pole position side: Right

Pit lane length under speed limit control: 421.2 m

Drive-through time at 80 km/h: 18.954 s

Lap time at full throttle: 61%

Lap distance at full throttle: 73%

Gear changes per lap: 84

Braking events (>2G): 7

Heavy braking events (<0.4s @ >4G): 4

Fuel consumption: Medium

Maximum lateral G-Force: 4.8 G (T6)

Maximum speed: 315.9 km/h

Track evolution (FP1 – Qualifying): High

DRS zones: T14-15, T15-1

Key overtaking opportunities: T1, T15

Sepang International Circuit

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Pirelli used compounds

Tyres that must be available (one of them to be used) at some point in the race:

One set of P Zero White Medium

One set of P Zero Yellow soft

Tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:                     

One set of P Zero Red Super-Soft

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Teams/Drivers compounds choice

Driver

Medium

Soft

Super-Soft

Lewis Hamilton

1

5

7

Valtteri Bottas

2

4

7

Daniel Ricciardo

1

4

8

Max Verstappen

1

3

9

Sebastian Vettel

1

3

9

Kimi Raikkonen

1

3

9

Sergio Perez

1

4

8

Esteban Ocon

1

4

8

Lance Stroll

1

2

10

Felipe Massa

1

2

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

1

2

10

Fernando Alonso

1

2

10

Daniil Kvyat

1

4

8

Carlos Sainz

1

4

8

Romain Grosjean

1

5

7

Kevin Magnussen

2

4

7

Nico Hulkenberg

1

3

9

Jolyon Palmer

1

3

9

Marcus Ericsson

2

4

7

Pascal Wehrlein

1

5

7

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

  • The resurfacing also reduced the high level of asphalt roughness Sepang was noted for, helping make a softer tyre choice possible.
  • With the new asphalt now being a year old, the ageing process may have given it different characteristics to last year.
  • The new asphalt also means that the camber and lines of some corners are now faster than in the past.
  • Malaysia’s tropical weather makes use of the wet weather tyres quite likely.
  • When it’s dry, track temperatures are high, leading to thermal degradation. At 59 degrees, last year was the highest track temperature seen all season.
  • Two stops won last year, but tactics were also influenced by virtual safety cars.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“The Malaysian Grand Prix we saw last year was somewhat different to previous seasons, thanks to its return to an autumn slot and the comprehensive resurfacing work that took place in 2016. This also had the result of improving drainage: an important aspect at a circuit where it can rain so heavily and frequently. However, the characteristics of new asphalt can change from one year to the next, so it will be interesting to see what the effect of this is. This year we are bringing the softest selection of tyres ever seen in Malaysia, which we expect to result in even faster lap times, with the supersoft used there for the first time. Consequently, all previous strategy calculations will have to be adjusted, making the work done in free practice particularly important”.

SEPANG MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

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EOS CAMBER LIMIT

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Malaysian Grand Prix Winners 1999 – 2016

Year

Driver

Constructor

Location

2016

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull-TAG Heuer

Sepang

2015

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

2014

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2013

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2012

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

2011

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2010

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2009

Jenson Button

Brawn-Mercedes

2008

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

2007

Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Mercedes

2006

Giancarlo Fisichella

Renault

2005

Fernando Alonso

Renault

2004

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2003

Kimi Räikkönen

McLaren-Mercedes

2002

ralf Schumacher

Williams-BMW

2001

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2000

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

1999

Eddie Irvine

Ferrari

 

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Multiple Winners (Drivers)

Wins

Driver

Years

4

Sebastian Vettel

2010, 2011, 2013, 2015

3

Michael Schumacher

2000, 2001, 2004

Fernando Alonso

2005, 2007, 2012

2

Kimi Räikkönen

2003, 2008

 

Multiple Winners (Constructors)

Wins

Constructor

Years Won

7

Ferrari

1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2015

4

Red Bull

2010, 2011, 2013, 2016

2

McLaren

2003, 2007

Renault

2005, 2006

 

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Numbers and Facts

Most wins (driver) 4 - Sebastian Vettel 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015

Most wins (constructor) 7 - Ferrari 1999 – 2000 – 2001 – 2004 – 2008 – 2012 – 2015

Wins from pole position 9 - Most recent 2014 – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Lowest grid for past winner 8 - Fernando Alonso 2012

Most recent 1-2 finish 2016 Red Bull Racing (Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen)

Most emphatic win (here) 39.699 - 2002 Ralf Schumacher-Juan-Pablo Montoya

Closest winning margin 0.732 - 2000 Michael Schumacher-David Coulthard

Rain-affected races 3, 2001 – 2009 – 2012

Safety Car-affected races 6, 2000 – 2001 – 2009 – 2012 – 2015 – 2016

Red Flag (and result declared) races 1, 2009

Most Podium (driver) 5, Michael Schumacher (recent 2004), Alonso (recent 2012), Vettel (recent 2015), Hamilton (recent 2015)

Most Podium (constructor) 13, Ferrari 1999 – 2000 – 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004 – 2007 – 2008 – 2012 – 2015

Most pole positions (driver) 5, Michael Schumacher 1999-2000-2001-2002-2004

Most pole positions (constructor) 7, Ferrari 1999-2000-2001-2002-2004-2007-2008

What Happened last race here?

Daniel Ricciardo won the race, with teammate Max Verstappen finishing second to secure Red Bull Racing's first one–two finish since the introduction of hybrid engines in 2014. Nico Rosberg completed the podium, extending his championship lead to twenty-three points following the retirement of Lewis Hamilton.

2016 Race Classification

Pos

Driver

Constructor

Time/Retired

Grid

1

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

1:37:12.776

4

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

+2.443

3

3

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+25.5161

2

4

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

+28.785

6

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

+1:01.582

11

6

Sergio Pérez

Force India-Mercedes

+1:03.794

7

7

Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Honda

+1:05.205

22

8

Nico Hülkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+1:14.062

8

9

Jenson Button

McLaren-Honda

+1:21.816

9

10

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

+1:35.466

19

11

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+1:38.878

16

12

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

+1 Lap

17

13

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

+1 Lap

10

14

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+1 Lap

15

15

Pascal Wehrlein

MRT-Mercedes

+1 Lap

21

16

Esteban Ocon

MRT-Mercedes

+1 Lap

20

Ret

Felipe Nasr

Sauber-Ferrari

Brakes

18

Ret

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Engine

1

Ret

Esteban Gutiérrez

Haas-Ferrari

Wheel

13

Ret

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

Power loss

14

Ret

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

Brakes

12

Ret

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

Collision

5

 

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Did you know?

DRIVERS

Since Lewis Hamilton has been at Mercedes he has taken pole 43 times already, nearly 50% of all races he’s started for the team (43/ 89 = 48.3%).

All but 1 of Hamilton’s 7 wins this season have come from a pole position start. He won last time out from a P5 grid start

Hamilton’s win to starts percentage is now almost identical to that of Michael Schumacher’s (29.70% compared to 29.74%)

Hamilton has won 29.7% of all GP he’s started (60 wins from 202 starts) and is in the top 10 drivers races to win ratio of all-time. Here’s how he compares:- 1. Fangio 47.0%, 2. Ascari 40.6%, 3. Clark 34.7%, 4. M. Schumacher 29.7%, 5. Hamilton 29.7%, 6. Ja. Stewart 27.2%, 7. Prost 25.6%, 8. A. Senna 25.5%, 9. Moss 24.2% 10. Vettel 24.0% (46/192)

Hamilton is the only driver to have finished in the points in all races so far this season. Hamilton and Esteban Ocon are the only drivers to have finished all races in 2017

Sebastian Vettel has not won back-to-back Grand Prix since he won the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. That race ended a 9-race run of victories that started in Belgium, (BEL, ITA, SIN, KOR, JAP, IND, ABU, USA, BRA)

Vettel’s next pole will be his 50th in F1

Vettel needs to lead ‘only’ 59 more race laps to equal Ayrton Senna’s career total of 2,987. The all-time most F1 race laps led is 5,111 by Michael Schumacher

Daniel Ricciardo in Singapore scored the 25th podium of his F1 career and beat the 24 achieved by his compatriot, 1980 F1 World Champion Alan Jones

Kimi Raikkonen’s next win if ever it comes will be the 21st of his F1 career and will also be the most by a Finnish driver in F1. Currently he shares the record of 20 wins by a Finn with Mika Hakkinen. Another career stat he shares is 37 F1 front row appearances with Fernando Alonso

Raikkonen’s next front row will be the 39th of his F1 career and will equal Mika Hakkinen’s record for the most front row grid positions by a Finnish driver in F1

Max Verstappen will celebrate his 20th birthday on Saturday 30th September, qualifying day

Verstappen has retired from as many races this season as he has finished 7. So to has Alonso (6) and Antonio Giovinazzi (1)

Sergio Perez needs just 1 more podium to become the Mexican driver with the most F1 podiums (currently = with Pedro Rodriguez on 7)

Felipe Massa’s next F1 podium should it come will be the 42nd of his F1 career and would equal the F1 career totals of both Damon Hill and Mark Webber

Should he not qualfy on pole, Saturday will be Fernando Alonso’s 100th F1 qualifying session since he took a pole position (Germany 2012)

CONSTRUCTOR’S

Mercedes in Malaysia will be aiming to lockout the front row for the 50th time. The all-time record is 62 and is jointly held by McLaren and Williams.

Mercedes as a constructor has set 1 more race fastest laps in F1 World Championship GP (54) than Red Bull

Ferrari has still not scored consecutive pole positions since Fernando Alonso took pole for the Scuderia at the 2012 British and German Grand Prix and has still not scored a consecutive front row lock-out since Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa lock-out the front row for the 2006 US and French Grand Prix

Ferrari last season was the only team to score championship points at all 21 events

Red Bull has achieved a podium result for at least one of their drivers in 109 different F1 Grand Prix

The current Williams team traces its origins back to 1977. The team began by running a March for Belgian Patrick Neve who sadly died earlier is year and later in 1978, became a constructor running a single FW06 car for Alan Jones. In 1979 the team expanded to 2 cars with Clay Regazzoni joining Jones. Regazzoni won Williams’s first Grand Prix, at Silversone in 1979 while Jones claimed Williams’s first driver’s and first constructor’s titles in 1980. Frank Williams had made his first forays into F1 in 1969, running a Brabh m for Piers Courage. Campaigns with De Tomaso, private March’s, with his own cars and Heskeths latterly in conjunction with Canadian-Austrian entrepreneur Walter Wolf followed but it wasn’t until Williams teamed up with Head in 1977 and started all over again that Williams’s F1 fortunes really took off

McLaren has not led a F1 race lap since Jenson Button led lap 14 of the Hungarian GP in 2014. The team has started 61 GP since

Pirelli won their 175th F1 World Championship Grand Prix in Singapore to equal Bridgestone’s F1 career total. Only Goodyear has won more (368)

MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

Lewis Hamilton is chasing a fourth successive Malaysian Grand Prix pole. If he can do it, it will equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 4 Malaysian Grand Prix pole positions in a row set between 1999 and 2002 inclusive. It would also be Hamilton’s fifth pole here in the past 6 years

Sebastian Vettel has won 4 Malaysian Grand Prix to date, 1 more than anybody else (Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso each with 3 wins here)

Vettel won here in 2011. Two years later he won again. Here in 2015 he scored his first win for Ferrari. Two years on he badly needs to continue the sequence

Daniel Ricciardo will be looking to become only the third driver to score back-to-back Malaysian Grand Prix wins. To date the only drivers to have won here in consecutive seasons are Michael Schumacher (2000 and 2001) and Sebastian Vettel (2010 and 2011)

Four drivers currently share the record for the most Malaysian Grand Prix podium positions (5). The four are Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Next best of drivers still active is Kimi Raikkonen who has 2 Malaysian Grand Prix podiums to his name to date

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Driver’s Championship standing

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

263

2

Sebastian Vettel

235

3

Valtteri Bottas

212

4

Daniel Ricciardo

162

5

Kimi Raikkonen

138

6

Max Verstappen

68

7

Sergio Perez

68

8

Esteban Ocon

56

9

Carlos Sainz

48

10

Nico Hulkenberg

34

11

Felipe Massa

31

13

Lance Stroll

28

12

Romain Grosjean

26

14

Kevin Magnussen

11

15

Fernando Alonso

10

16

Jolyon Palmer

8

17

Stoffel Vandoorne

7

18

Pascal Wehrlein

5

19

Daniil Kvyat

4

20

Marcus Ericsson

0

21

Antonio Giovinazzi

0

 

Constructor’s Championship standing

Pos

Team

Points

1

Mercedes

435

2

Ferrari

373

3

Red Bull Racing-Tag Heuer

212

4

Force India-Mercedes

113

5

Williams-Mercedes

55

6

Toro Rosso-Renault

40

7

Haas-Ferrari

35

8

Renault

34

9

Mclaren-Honda

11

10

Sauber-Ferrari

5

 

Driver’s penalty points:

Driver

Penalty points

Daniil Kvyat

10

Sebastian Vettel

7

Kevin Magnussen

7

Jolyon Palmer

6

Carlos Sainz

5

Stoffel Vandoorne

5

Felipe Massa

5

Nico Hulkenberg

4

Sergio Perez

3

Romain Grosjean

3

Max Verstappen

3

Kimi Raikkonen

3

Esteban Ocon

2

Pascal Wehrlein

2

Jenson Button

2

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