2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

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2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by Paul » 17 Mar 2008, 08:16

2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix


Wikipedia wrote:First included in the Formula One World Championship in 1999, the current Malaysian Grand Prix is held at the hyper-modern Sepang International Circuit at Sepang, Malaysia.

Grand Prix History
Wikipedia wrote:he nine World Championship Malaysian Grands Prix have seen a good deal of action on and off the track, whilst the weather — furnace heat one minute, tropical storm the next — adds extra spice. The most notable Grand Prix at Sepang to date was the inaugural event in 1999. It saw Michael Schumacher return to the sport after his absence due to a broken leg sustained at that year's British Grand Prix, dominating the race and handing the victory to title-hopeful team-mate Eddie Irvine, only for both Ferraris to be disqualified due to a technical irregularity, handing the title — until the steward's decision was over-ruled — to Mika Häkkinen.

The 2001 event was hit by a heavy rainstorm in the middle of the race which made conditions very difficult. Conditions were so bad that the two Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello spun off almost simultaneously at the same corner. Remarkably, they both recovered to score a Ferrari "1-2", because for a long time they were nearly 5 seconds fastar than anyone else on the field. Elsewhere, the race was even lead by Jos Verstappen, surprisingly. However, as the track begun to dry, he fell back to 7th, but his efforts to keep positions were memorable.

Since 2001, the Malaysian Grand Prix has moved from the end of the schedule to the beginning, which has seen some topsy-turvy results as teams and drivers get to grips with their new equipment, with many races heavily influenced by the winners and losers of the scramble for position into the tight double hairpin bend at the first corner.

On April 8, 2007, shortly before the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix, Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone was quoted in stating that the circuit was getting "shabby" and "a bit tired" from the lack of care, describing it as "an old house that needs a bit of redecorating". He noted that the circuit itself is not the issue, but rather the surrounding environ; rubbish is said to be littered all over the place, potentially damaging the circuit's good reputation when it was opened in 1999.

The day before, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had met Ecclestone to discuss an extension of the Formula One contract beyond 2010. While the government had been given an additional extension to host the Grand Prix until 2015, the government was still mulling the offer, as of April 23, 2007.[2] The circuit was given a renewed contract in 2006 to organise the Malaysian Grand Prix for another five years..

Grand Prix Information
Information on Grand Prix races on current track only.

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Laps                              56
Circuit length                    5.543 km (3.444 miles)
Race length                       310.408 km (192.887 miles)
Turns                             15
Direction                         Clockwise

Most wins by single driver        Michael Schumacher (3)
Most wins by single constructor   Ferrari (4)

Lap Record Race                   1:34.223
Lap Record Driver                 Juan Pablo Montoya (2004)
Lap Record Team                   Williams

Tires Prime                       Hard
Tires Optional                    Medium

Current championship standings

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Pos   Driver                 Team               Points
1     Lewis Hamilton         McLaren-Mercedes   10
2     Nick Heidfeld          BMW Sauber         8
3     Nico Rosberg           Williams-Toyota    6
4     Fernando Alonso        Renault            5
5     Heikki Kovalainen      McLaren-Mercedes   4
6     Kazuki Nakajima        Williams-Toyota    3
7     Sebastien Bourdais     STR-Ferrari        2
8     Kimi Räikkönen         Ferrari            1

Pos   Team                  Points
1     McLaren-Mercedes      14
2     Williams-Toyota       9
3     BMW Sauber            8
4     Renault               5
5     STR-Ferrari           2
6     Ferrari               1
7     Toyota                0
8     Super Aguri-Honda     0
9     Red Bull-Renault      0
10    Force India-Ferrari   0
11    Honda                 0

Last Race (2007)
Statistics from the last race on this track.

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Winner                       Fernando Alonso
Winning team                 McLaren-Mercedes
Winning time                 1:32:14.930

Pole time                    1:35.043
Pole driver                  Felipe Massa
Pole team                    Ferrari

Fastest lap                  1:36.701
Fastest lap driver           Lewis Hamilton
Fastest lap team             McLaren-Mercedes

Finishers in points:
Pos   Driver                 Team               Laps   Time          Grid   Points
1     Fernando Alonso        McLaren-Mercedes   56     1:32:14.930   2      10
2     Lewis Hamilton         McLaren-Mercedes   56     +17.557       4      8
3     Kimi Räikkönen         Ferrari            56     +18.339       3      6
4     Nick Heidfeld          BMW Sauber         56     +33.777       5      5
5     Felipe Massa           Ferrari            56     +36.705       1      4
6     Giancarlo Fisichella   Renault            56     +1:05.638     12     3
7     Jarno Trulli           Toyota             56     +1:10.132     8      2
8     Heikki Kovalainen      Renault            56     +1:12.015     11     1

Best Times Last Race (2007)
Best times set during the race weekend.

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Fastest lap                  1:34.057
Fastest lap driver           Fernando Alonso
Fastest lap team             McLaren-Mercedes
Session                      Qualifying (Q2)

Sector 1 time                24.767 seconds
Sector 1 driver              Robert Kubica 
Sector 1 team                BMW Sauber
Session                      Qualifying

Sector 2 time                30.873 seconds
Sector 2 driver              Fernando Alonso
Sector 2 team                McLaren-Mercedes
Session                      Qualifying

Sector 3 time                38.383 seconds
Sector 3 driver              Fernando Alonso
Sector 3 team                McLaren-Mercedes
Session                      Qualifying

Combined best lap            1:34.023

Best sector times of races are unavailable, the sector times presented are the fastest ones of those that are available and may not represent the fastest times during the weekend.


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Local time:                              MST (UTC + 8 Hours)
Western European Times (UK etc.):        CET - 1 Hour
Eastern European Times (Finland etc.):   CET + 1 Hour

Session                    CET              EDT            Stream / Channel
Friday 21st March         
F1 Friday Practice 1       03:00-04:30      22:00-23:30    ITV
F1 Friday Practice 2       07:00-08:30      02:00-03:30    Several Available (See Streams)

Saturday 22nd March       
F1 Saturday Practice       04:00-05:00      23:00-00:00    Unknown
F1 Qualifying              07:00            02:00          Several Available (See Streams)

Sunday 23rd March         
F1  Race   (56 Laps)       08:00            03:00          Several Available (See Streams)

Notes: Times are only listed in CET and EDT (Europe and US).

Check these sites for weather updates, 5-10 day forecast:
Yahoo Weather

Live Streams
Programs used:
Sopcast - http://www.sopcast.org/
TVUPlayer - http://www.tvunetworks.com/
This is based on last years streams, they may not work any more. The stream most likely to be available is Wheels on TVU Player.
All stream using format: "Real channel (Stream channel (Program Link))"
Available Channels (not always complete)
Friday Practice 2:
Speed Channel (Wheels (TVU))
Star Sports (Star Sports (TVU | PPMate))
Speed Channel (Wheels (TVU))
CCTV 5 (CCTV 5 (SopCast | TVU | TVAnts | PPMate))
Star Sports (Star Sports (TVU | PPMate))
Speed Channel (Wheels (TVU))
Other Streams:
Eurosport France - kimi56 (SopCast) - Eurosport France (TVAnts) (Unknown if available anymore)
ITV F1 - Requires Flash and is only available in the UK (Workaround possible during Australian GP, unknown if working anymore). Shows Friday Practice, Qualifying and Race.
RTL - Shows Qualifying and Race.

Video Threads
None yet.

Live Timing
Live Timing for all sessions, requires Java & account on F1.com:
http://www.formula1.com/services/live_t ... popup.html

Sources and links:
Wikipedia - Malaysian Grand Prix
The Official Formula 1 Website
Malaysian Grand Prix Official Website


Will Ferrari dominate here, or will we see a repeat of their abysmal Melbourne form?

Will the miraculous McLarens become bulletproof this season once again?

Will Sebastian Bourdais actually score some points and have some luck on his side?

So many questions!

Last years results:

1st. Fernando Alonso (WILL THIS BE REPEATED? :nosweat: )
2nd. Lewis Hamilton
3rd. Kimi Raikkonen


Two things only are for sure, we're in for a competitive race and there are going to me more than 3 retirements this year!

Last edited by Zack on 17 Mar 2008, 20:19, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by greenspanz » 17 Mar 2008, 08:39

Will Ferrari dominate here, or will we see a repeat of their abysmal Melbourne form?
<greenspanz> I dont think so. I think with traction and launch control no longer been permitted - Ferrarri would be affected.

Will the miraculous McLarens become bulletproof this season once again?
<greenspanz> Yes - I think so.

My take on the results:

1. Hamilton
2. Raikonnen
3. Barrichello

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by amraim » 17 Mar 2008, 08:50

Well, Kuala Lumpur isn't a good track for Ferrari. But as there is no traction control these young guns like Hamilton, Kovalainen etc. will have more problems in bahrain. Kimi knows how to drive without those features, as well as he never liked it. So he is my favorite for Kuala Lumpur.

1. Kimi Raikönnen
2. Louise Hamilton
3. Felippe Massa

5. Fernando Alonso

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by kaizen57 » 17 Mar 2008, 09:18

ferrrari should be winning this race.. hamilton will struggle at this track.. kimi winning it since he will be using new engine..

1 -- kimi
2 -- hamilton
3 -- kovy

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by WDC » 17 Mar 2008, 09:34

massa has never really been strong here but if the australian GP is anything to go by, there is no way i could predict a top three.
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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by iceman1 » 17 Mar 2008, 12:43

Nakajima will get a 10-grid penalty for having an accident with Kubica Yesturday .
it seems That Ferrari still having relibiality problems like last year and 2006 :roll::

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by sampras25 » 17 Mar 2008, 14:54

In 7 cases out of 10, the winner of the 1st grandprix became worldchampion.
So, with that said, i think Hamilton will win in Malaysia.
With the BMW-Saubers looking very strong last weekend, i think quick nick will be second.
And third will be Raikkonen or Massa, i think.
Hopefully i`m wrong, because i sure want a 1-2 from ferrari to avoid that they will be in a hunting position like last year.

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by dacer » 17 Mar 2008, 15:51

I hope any fight for first, second and third position, not like Melbourne.

Alonso first, seems very very dificult. Maybe with rain, but even that, seems dificult that car can ended another race. I hope atleast he scored some points (there are not practice this week, so will be the same car, and Renaults, its very slowy).

And please, this SC rule are very bad, remove it!!!!. Cars should enter pit while SC is on track

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by dazmoffman » 17 Mar 2008, 17:22

This will be hard to predict, im not sure which teams will best perform here, i can go with the safe bet and say ferrari because that car is going to love the long straights but im going to go with BMW they (Kubica) had an amazing attemp at pole at australia and i think the momentum will carry them.


Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by fary » 17 Mar 2008, 18:01

hamilton will win the race without effort.

1. Hamilton
2. Raikkonen
4. Massa

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by Suntrek » 17 Mar 2008, 18:38

I wont make any predictions at all. The chances for rain are very high (all three days!) and then anything can happen. Piquet may win, for all I know. I hope rain will be to Alonso's advantage,though. :pray:

Only prediction I will make is that if it rains Massa will do some spinning... :cheezy:
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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by xjacky » 17 Mar 2008, 18:48

Hope for rain on Malaysia, and then we'll see a great race with some outsider like Alonso or Vettel.
Without strange weather conditions, i think the battle is still Raikkonen/Hamilton.
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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by gruven » 17 Mar 2008, 19:16

I predict:

1. Raikkonen
2. Hamilton
3. Kovalainen
4. Heidfeld
5. Rosberg

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by uncleben » 17 Mar 2008, 19:21

Force India is gonna win. Ok I was just joking. I know its a long shot but hey I'm indian so might as well support them.

But it should be a great show if its raining. Im sure a lot more people are not gonna finish.

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Re: 2008 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Post by Ladlamd » 17 Mar 2008, 19:24

Prediction is difficult here. Though, I am sure we are going to witness some action packed race. If Melbourne can bring excitement ..imagine Malaysian race. And the rain factor will be like ..icing on the cake! !yahoo: