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 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).
“The Malaysian Grand Prix is always a special race for the team as the home race of our title partner PETRONAS” says Ross. “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.”
For Norbert, “we began the race well last weekend in Melbourne, 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.”