Tech Talk: Malaysia

Tech Talk: Malaysia

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

We’re all very much looking forward to Malaysia. With Kuala Lumpur being the home of Petronas, we very much see this as one of our home Grands Prix. In 2015 we didn’t manage to secure the win, which was hugely disappointing to us, so we have all the more motivation to come back and get it right this time around. Focusing on the technical aspects of the circuit, it’s a very challenging weekend. The heat and humidity make life tough for drivers, team and cars alike, while the track action can often be affected by rain, which tends to be very heavy and arrive very suddenly. As such, we’ve seen some very eventful races in Malaysia over the years. The nominated tyre compounds for this event are the hard, medium and soft, with the unusual scenario of the hard as the obligatory race compound – meaning that, if the race remains dry, every driver must use that tyre. The characteristic of the circuit itself is more ‘normal’ than that of Monza or Singapore, which were more focused on more specific areas of car performance. Sepang places an even emphasis on power, aero efficiency and mechanical grip, so we’re looking forward to seeing how we fare and aiming to put in a strong performance for the Malaysian fans.

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix Timetable

Session Local Time (MYT) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30 03:00 – 04:30 04:00 – 05:30
Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30 07:00 – 08:30 08:00 – 09:30
Practice 3 14:00 – 15:00 07:00 – 08:00 08:00 – 09:00
Qualifying 17:00 – 18:00 10:00 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:00
Race 15:00 – 17:00 08:00 – 10:00 09:00 – 11:00 Forecast (Accurate as of Monday 26 September)

Day Temperature Conditions Precipitation Wind Humidity
Thursday 25 – 34°C Storms 50% 14mph WNW 67%
Friday 25 – 33°C Showers 50% 12mph WNW 67%
Saturday 25 – 33°C Storms 80% 09mph WNW 68%
Sunday 25 – 33°C Storms 80% 09mph W 70%

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