Built in: 1999
First Grand Prix:
Grand Prix Helds: 7
Capacity around 130000
Track Lenght: 5.543 km
Laps Number: 56 (310.408 Km)
Corners: 15 (left:5) (right:10)
Top Speed: 330 Km/h
Start Offset line: 0 m
Best lap time: J. Montoya - 1'34''223
Malaysia F1 2006 Track Review :
With the 1999 Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships wide open for the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix, it was assured to be one of excitement and high tension. Four drivers were still in with a chance of taking the elusive driver's crown with only 14 points between first and fourth.
The penultimate round of the 1999 season saw the drivers compete at Sepang for the first time, although Malaysia was no novice when it came to Motorsports. They first held a Grand Prix in 1991, at Shah Alam, for Motorcycles, and last year saw the new circuit host its first major event in April, once again for the bikes.
The 5.542 km (3.443 mile) Sepang circuit is situated close to the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport and was widely hailed at the time as the most up to date racing complex in the world.
The inaugural event saw the return of Michael Schumacher after his accident at Silverstone some months earlier. The German was in top form upon his return and clearly showed the field that he was back. He led the race with ease before handing the win over to his team-mate, Eddie Irvine to help the Irishman with his championship hopes. In 2000 it set the scene for further Ferrari victory. The last race on the calendar, Michael Schumacher took the victory with ease after securing the drivers crown the race before. The final win of the season saw Ferrari finish the year with their second successive constructors title.
For 2001 the Malaysian event had been moved to the start of the season, following Australia. As a result the country had two events in six months and figures weren't as high as hoped. Michael won for the second year in a row, but 2002 saw younger brother Ralf take the win, his one and only in the entire season.
In 2003, Kimi Raikkonen won his first Grand Prix victory, in front of Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher received a drive-through penalty because of an incident with Jarno Trulli in the first lap of the race. The German finished the race in a disappointing sixth place.
Michael Schumacher bounced back in 2004 to record his third victory at the circuit in six years but Juan Pablo Montoya pushed the Ferrari star hard in his BMW Williams, crossing the line just five seconds behind the German. Fernando Alonso led the way home for Renault in 2005 ahead of his friend and Toyota rival Jarno Trulli.