2013 FORMULA 1™ Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

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Sepang International Circuit

The Sepang International Circuit really is a benchmark of modern full functioning Formula 1 circuits. It was the forerunner to circuits like Shanghai, Bahrain and Istanbul. The modern safety standards as well as superb pit garages and media facilities it really is a great piece of modern architecture. But some complaints have been made as to the unevenness of the track itself. It almost seems to be slowly sinking but considering it is built upon a swamp that might not be a strange thing.

The circuit as most other modern circuits was built by German architect Hermann Tilke. The main circuit is 5.54 kilometers long and is renowned for its long sweeping turns and long straights. The general design is somewhat unusual for an F1 circuit. With only one hairpin turn and two long straights followed by each other it offers the drivers a serious challenge.

But it is n´t just the track design itself, with its very technical approach that is the biggest challenge for the drivers. The weather is also very crucial in the final race results. It will be extremely hot and humid and the aspect of monsoon storms is always a threat. Expect to see a great race if you are present at the Sepang Circuit.

Kuala Lumpur, destination guide

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city in Malaysia. It is the fastest growing region in the country, population wise as well as economically. It is also a city with a broad variation of ethnicities. Malay is the biggest part but there is also a very large Chinese community in Kuala Lumpur. The city also have the biggest twin building in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers.

Kuala Lumpur lies within the valley known as the Klang Valley. And together with its equatorial location the temperatures are very consistent and hot. The coldest month of the year is January and even then the temperature lies around 33 degrees Celsius in average. But it is also a place where heavy rainfall can occur. Lying close to the Titiwangsa Mountains and Sumatra Bay the southwest monsoon season between September and April sees many millimeters of rain annually. It is also a social problem as flooding is a serious problem to the city itself.

When in Kuala Lumpur it is recommendable to go to the so called golden triangle. It is home to the best area of restaurants and shops. But try also to venture into Little China or Little India to balance out your stay and to really get an insight on regular Malay ways of living. The green square of Dataran Merdeka in the colonial center of the city is also a place to find tranquility within this bustling city.

The best places to stay while in Kuala Lumpur is very varied. The prices are reasonable with western measures so a hotel within the center of town is not that expensive. But it is also interesting to stay a bit outside as the general feel of Malaysia is more potent there. The F1 staff usually stays at the airport hotel for sheer convenience, but the coast is only a 40-minute commute from the track and the luxurious resorts of Putrajaya are a short drive inland.

Published 2013-03-18 by Kris Locksey | Edit