We move to Malaysia for the second race of the season and to the beautiful Sepang International Circuit situated 60km south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. One of our three home races, Malaysia is the home of our title partner PETRONAS, based in the famous PETRONAS Twin Towers, the sixth tallest building in the world.
Malaya became independent in 1957, before Malaysia was formed in 1963. In the 1980s, the economy shifted from being agriculturally based to one based on manufacturing and industry.
Numerous mega-projects were completed, such as the PETRONAS Twin Towers, the North-South Expressway and the Multimedia Super Corridor. This rapid development lead to the modern and exciting country that we now call Malaysia.
Due to the largely multicultural population, Malaysia is exposed to all sorts of cuisine. Chinese, Indian, Malay, you name it, you will probably find it here! Some must trys are: Banana leaf curry, Bak kut teh, which could be literally translated as ‘meat bone tea’, is a delicious soup with amazingly tender pork ribs simmered for up to 24 hours and served with local noodles.
And finally The Sentul Satay, delicious BBQ meat seasoned skewers, served with a spicy peanut dipping sauce or peanut gravy.
The weather is probably the most notable factor concerning the race, it’s hot hot hot! With humidity averaging around 70% at this time of the year and temperatures normally in the 30C’s, drivers and team members alike need to be wary of dehydration.
There is always a high chance of rain so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the wet and intermediate tyres stealing the show on Sunday!
The Sepang International Circuit, 5.543 kilometres long, is noted for its sweeping corners and wide straights. The layout is quite unusual, with a very long back straight separated from the pit straight by just one very tight hairpin.
After an exciting start of the season in Melbourne, the team is now set to celebrate its first home race of the season… Jumpa Lagi!