Laps: 56 laps
Start time: 15:00hrs local / 08:00hrs BST
The racing line is on the left and that’s where the grip lies at the start. However, there’s a rainstorm most evenings, so there’s a chance that the grid will be washed clean before the start, negating any grid advantage.
There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and 15.
Don't put the kettle on...
The combination of high track temperatures and fast corners encourages drivers to make more pitstops, not less, at Sepang. Daniel Ricciardo won last year’s race with two stops, while Max Verstappen finished second with three, and strategy was influenced by three Virtual Safety Car periods. Pirelli are taking softer tyre compounds to the race this year, which could lead to even more stops. A conventional three-stopper would result in cars visiting the pits on laps 10, 25 and 40.
420m/0.261 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.284 miles). It takes 22s to make a stop.
20 per cent. There tends to be lots of incidents and accidents at Sepang, but large run-off areas allow marshals to get stranded cars out the way quickly.
Watch out for...
Rain. The later start time of 15:00hrs pushes the finish of the race towards early evening, which is when the rain showers tend to hit.
What makes this race interesting...
The combination of an interesting track layout and extreme weather conditions. Only good cars and fit drivers win at Sepang: the cars need to produce lots of efficient downforce, while also being resilient to the extreme conditions, and the drivers have to perform in cockpit temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius. It’s a race not for the faint-hearted.