F1Weekly podcast # 620



Malaysian Grand Prix preview from MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team…

Nico Rosberg
Sepang is one of my favourite tracks on the Formula One calendar. The layout has a little bit of everything with the slow and fast corners making a nice mix. For our team, the Malaysian Grand Prix is also one of our home races as we´re racing in the country of our partner PETRONAS, and it´s always a busy and exciting weekend. Sepang holds some great memories for me as I achieved my first podium for Mercedes here at the start of the 2010 season. The conditions this weekend will be much hotter than in Australia so it will be a good test to see how the cars perform in such a different environment and how we can adapt to that. It often rains heavily and from my experience with the performance of the car in the rain in Melbourne, wet conditions would certainly be welcomed by me!

Lewis Hamilton
Malaysia is a beautiful country with great weather and great fans who are always so supportive, I´m really looking forward to seeing them. This weekend feels a little like a home race for the team with all of the activities for our title partner PETRONAS. I´m really looking forward to having my first visit to the top of the famous PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday before the weekend gets underway. Sepang is a fantastic circuit and one where I haven´t managed to win before. My favourite part of the track is probably turns five and six but it´s always an exciting challenge here with the heat and humidity. I´m very proud of the work that the team have done so far and I know that the guys are pushing hard back in the UK to bring more performance to the car. I hope we can have a positive weekend here and build on the progress that we made in Melbourne and on what we learned from that race.

Ross Brawn
The first race of the season provided some very encouraging signs for the team; our car performed well and seemed to be competitive in all of the conditions that the Melbourne weather gave us. However, we didn´t quite find the correct balance for the race which compromised our ability to maximise the starting positions of Lewis and Nico. With the second race in Malaysia following this weekend, we´re looking forward to the opportunity to put that right. Malaysia is one of the most special races of the season for our team and it´s a real honour to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Formula One in the country with our title partner PETRONAS. We all hope to put on a good show this weekend for the Malaysian fans.



GP2 SERIES Class2013


The ninth season of the GP2 Series™ – which is made of eleven rounds this year – kicks off this weekend in Malaysia at the 5.543km long Sepang International Circuit. It’s the second time that the Series visit this track with the GP2/11 car and if last year is any indication of the level of racing you can expect on this circuit, you can bet Round 1 promises to live up to the high standards expected from a Series that has bred ten current Formula One™ drivers!

The opening round of the 2013 season sees six rookies join the field, including 2012 GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans (Arden International) and Vice Champion Daniel Abt (ART Grand Prix), but also Ma Qing Hua (Caterham Racing), Conor Daly (Hilmer Motorsport), Kevin Giovesi (Venezuela GP Lazarus) and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (MP Motorsport).

The 2013 GP2 grid is also made up of eight previous GP2 race

winners including Marcus Ericsson (DAMS), James Calado (ART

Grand Prix), Johnny Cecotto (Arden International), Fabio Leimer

(Racing Engineering), Stefano Coletti (Rapax), Jolyon Palmer

(Carlin), Sam Bird and Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME).

Three teams join the field: MP Motorsport, Hilmer Motorsport


The Malaysian circuit is one of the most demanding of the

season with unpredictable weather, high temperatures and

extreme humidity. It puts the drivers, the cars and of course

the tyres to the test. The track surface at Sepang is abrasive

and very high energy loads are put through the tyres, making it

immensely demanding both in terms of wear and degradation.

Pirelli have nominated the P Zero Orange hard tyre and P Zero

Yellow soft tyre for the weekend