The 2015 Malaysia GP preview
Everything you need to know about second race of the season!
By William Esler
Last Updated: 25/03/15 12:41pm
Find out everything you could ever want to know about the Malaysia GP as the Formula 1 moves north to arguably the best of the Hermann Tilke-designed tracks - The Sepang International Circuit.
Since joining the F1 calendar in 1999, this race has thrown up a number of classics - particularly since it adopted a late-afternoon timeslot, meaning heavy rain is always a possibility given the country’s tropical climate.
So read on below as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.
The 2015 Malaysia GP in a nutshell
Track: Sepang International Circuit. Permanent circuit.
Race start time: 8am UK time Sunday (3pm local).
Track length: 5.543 km.
Tyre allocation: Hard (orange) and Medium (white).
DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points (Pit Straight and between Turns 14 and 15).
Driver steward: Mike Doohan.
Lap record: Juan Pablo Montoya - 1:34.223 (BMW Williams; 2004).
2014 pole: Lewis Hamilton - 1:59.431 (Mercedes).
Sky Sports F1’s schedule
Wednesday March 25
9pm - Classic F1 - 2012 Malaysia GP
Thursday March 26
7am - Drivers’ Press Conference - Live!
Friday March 27
1:45am - Malaysia GP Practice One - Live!
5:45am - Malaysia Practice Two - Live!
8am - Team Principals’ Press Conference - Live!
10am - The F1 Show - Live!
12pm - Malaysia GP Practice One - replay.
2:05pm - Malaysia GP Practice Two - replay.
Saturday March 28
5:45am - Malaysia GP Practice Three - Live!
8am - Malaysia GP Qualifying - Live!
12:30pm - Malaysia GP Qualifying - replay.
3:15pm - Ted’s Qualifying Notebook.
Sunday March 29
6:30am - The 2015 Malaysia GP - Track Parade - Live!
7am - The 2015 Malaysia GP - Race - Live!
10:30am - The 2015 Malaysia GP - Paddock Live!
12:30pm - 2015 Malaysia GP highlights.
2pm - The 2015 Malaysia GP - replay.
8pm - 2015 Malaysia GP highlights.
9pm - Ted’s Race Notebook.
Lewis Hamilton opened his Malaysian account with victory last year, but it is Sebastian Vettel and Fernando who are the most successful of the current drivers at Sepang with three victories each. Michael Schumacher has also won the race three times.
2014 result: 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 4. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 5. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India); 6. Jenson Button (McLaren); 7. Felipe Massa (Williams); 8. Valtteri Bottas (Williams); 9. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren); 10. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso).
Last five winners in Malaysia: 2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2012: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).
Pirelli will bring the white-marked medium and orange-banded hard compounds to the Malaysia Grand Prix.
Sky Bet odds
Lewis Hamilton is favourite for victory at Sepang following his victory in Australia. Check out the full range of odds here.