This weekend’s Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix has come with some minor tweaks to the Sepang International Circuit, which plays host to the event’s sixteenth running this weekend.
The FIA has confirmed a number of changes to the track’s layout, including a lengthening of the exit kerbing at the Turn 5 left-hander, as well as the removal of the artificial grass on the outside of Turns 1, 5, 7, 8 and 12. Circuit officials have also installed new kerbing on the entry to Turn 15, while a number of grass verges have been levelled to reduce the risk of cars becoming momentarily airborne if they run off the circuit.
This weekend’s race will see the same two DRS zones in place as were used in 2013. The back straight between Turns 14 and 15 will have the first DRS zone, with the detection point placed 54 metres after Turn 12.
The second DRS zone runs along the start/finish straight, with its detection point in the final Turn 15 left-hand hairpin feeding onto the straight.
Former F1 driver Martin Donnelly will serve as the Drivers’ Representative on the FIA Stewards’ panel this weekend.
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