2014 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix
The Malaysian Grand Prix at the magnificent Sepang circuit provides one of the most fearsome tests of both driver and machinery on the Formula One calendar.
The Hermann Tilke-designed track is famed for its two vast straights, separated by the heavy braking multi-line hairpin – but Sepang has much more to offer than these flat-out blasts. It takes a great all-round car to win in Malaysia. The combination of sweeping middle-sector high-speed turns and critical low-speed entries onto the straights demand a very finely judged setup, while the abrasive surface and sapping heat make the race a difficult one in which to manage tyres
The climate is equally demanding of drivers and crews with high humidity and temperatures frequently above 40°C. Then there’s the possibly – frequently a probability – of a sudden tropical downpour lashing the track for any length of time from seconds to hours.
Jenson Button is the most experienced driver in Malaysian Grand Prix history and has a victory and three other podium finishes to his name – but it’s also been a happy circuit for drivers new to McLaren with both Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso taking their first McLaren victories at Sepang.