My Take on the Sepang Circuit

Sepang is a fantastic circuit and it's always an exciting challenge here with the heat and humidity. During my first race here in 2007 I didn't have a drinks feed available during the race, so by the end I was totally exhausted and had lost about four kilos in weight! 

As a driver it's a weekend you have to be well prepared for physically, as it can be very easy to lose concentration towards the end of a long race in these conditions. Then there's the rain which, when it comes, is just incredible. In a matter of minutes you can find yourself at the centre of a monsoon, which adds to the challenge. 

The first corner comes at the end of a long straight, so you have to pick your braking point carefully to avoid overshooting the turn. This leads into another slow corner with the pair of them seeming to on forever. Turns 5 and 6 are high speed and fantastic to drive; similar to the Maggots/Becketts section at Silverstone but with slightly more space between each corner.

You need a little lift going into Turn 5 to get the front end turned in, good balance on the power through Turn 6 then onto the brakes for turn 7. There's a bit of a bump as you power through Turn 8 before easing the car over to the right-hand side of the track for Turn 9. A good exit from this corner is importnat but an even better one is required from Turn 11, as this is crucial to carrying good momentum through the high-speed Turns 12 and 13. 

Picking your braking correctly for Turn 14 is both tricky and essential. Getting it wrong can prove costly, as this leads down the second long straight of the lap and into the final corner; one of the best overtaking opportunities!

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