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as of Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:24 PM.



Formula One - Malaysian Grand Prix Preview

Date: Sunday, March 30

Start Time: 4 a.m. (ET)

Site: Sepang International Circuit -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Track: 5.543 km (3.444 miles), 15-turn road course

Laps: 56

Miles: 192.887 (310.408 km)

Capacity: 100,000+

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 16th

On TV: NBC Sports Network

Announcers:

On Radio:

Race record: Giancarlo Fisichella, 2006 (1 hr., 30 mins., 40.529 secs.)

Qualifying record: Fernando Alonso, 2005 (1 min., 32.582 secs.)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Sebastian Vettel

Runner up: Mark Webber

Pole winner: Sebastian Vettel, 1:49.674

Top 10:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Start: 1)

2. Mark Webber (5)

3. Lewis Hamilton (4)

4. Nico Rosberg (6)

5. Felipe Massa (2)

6. Romain Grosjean (11)

7. Kimi Raikkonen (10)

8. Nico Hulkenberg (12)

9. Sergio Perez (9)

10. Jean-Eric Vergne (17)

Average speed: 188.231 kph

Time of race: 1 hr., 38 mins., 56.681 secs.

Margin of victory: 4.298 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Past winners

2013 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Renault, 188.231 kph/1:38:56.681

2012 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 112.969 kph/2:44:51.812

2011 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Renault, 190.699 kph/1:37.39.832

2010 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Renault, 198.540 kph/1:33.48.412

2009 Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 182.919 kph/55:30.622

2008 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 203.971 kph/1:31:18.555

2007 Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 201.893 kph/1:32.14.930

2006 Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault, 205.397 kph/1:30.40.529

2005 Fernando Alonso, Renault, 203.407 kph/1:31:33.736

2004 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 204.384 kph/1:31:07.490

2003 Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren, 201.629 kph/1:32:22.195

2002 Ralf Schumacher, Williams, 1:34:12.912

2001 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:47:34.801

2000 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:35:54.235

1999 Eddie Irvine, Ferrari, 1.36:38.494

Last race

Race: Australian Grand Prix (March 16)

Site: Albert Park Circuit -- Melbourne, Australia

Miles: 187.822 (302.271 km)

Laps: 57

Finish line order: Nico Rosberg, Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas

Time of Race: 1 hr., 32 mins., 58.710 secs.

Average speed: 195.058 kph

Margin of victory: 26.777 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Lap leaders:

Entry list

#1 * Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#3 Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#4 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#6 Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes

#7 Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Ferrari

#8 Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Lotus-Renault

#9 Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden) Caterham-Renault

#10 Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan) Caterham-Renault

#11 Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Force India-Mercedes

#13 Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Lotus-Renault

#14 Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari

#17 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#19 Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Williams-Mercedes

#20 Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark) McLaren-Mercedes

#21 Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico Sauber-Ferrari

#22 Jenson Button (Frome, England) McLaren-Mercedes

#25 Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Toro Rosso-Renault

#26 Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia) Toro Rosso-Renault

#27 Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Force India-Mercedes

#44 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes

#77 Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland) Williams-Mercedes

#99 Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany) Sauber-Ferrari

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2020 2011 2012 2013
Sebastian Vettel --- --- --- RET 15 Won Won 11 Won
Lewis Hamilton --- --- 2 5 7 6 8 3 3
Nico Rosberg --- RET RET 14 8 3 12 13 4
Kimi Raikkonen 9 RET 3 Won 14 --- --- 5 7
Jenson Button RET 3 12 10 Won 8 2 14 17
Daniel Ricciardo --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 12 18
Fernando Alonso Won 2 Won 8 11 13 6 Won RET
Kevin Magnussen --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur is round 2 on the 2014 Formula One calendar.

This will be the 16th running of the Malaysian GP. The race made its F1 debut on October 17th, 1999, which was won by Eddie Irvine from Ferrari.

The first two Malaysian GPs (1999-2000) were scheduled at the end of the season. In 2001, the event moved to March and has remained in an early-season slot since.

Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel hold the record for most victories in the Malaysian GP with three each. Alonso won this race in 2005, '07 and '12. Schumacher's victories came in 2000, '01 and '04. Vettel's wins occurred in 2010, '11 and '13.

Alonso has won the Malaysian GP with three different teams: Renault (2005), McLaren (2007) and Ferrari (2012). His victory in this race two years ago came from the eighth starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won it.

Ferrari leads all constructors with six wins in the Malaysian GP.

The race winner in the Malaysian GP has started on the pole position eight times. Vettel most recently did it one year ago.

Jenson Button has competed in the Malaysian GP 14 times, which is more than any other driver. Button has raced in it each year from 2000-14.

Round 3 in this year's F1 world championship is the April 6 Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain. Vettel is the defending race winner.



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