“At moment I think Ferrari, Red Bull, Lotus and Mercedes are similar” – Alonso
Razlan Razali, the boss of the Malaysian grand prix, has admitted that 2015 could be the Sepang circuit’s last formula one race.
He told Isportconnect it is “too early to even think” about whether the existing contract will be extended. “I think for the event to be successful and to even consider the event going beyond 2015, and paying lots of money to formula one, FOM must help the circuit to try and allow us to do as much as possible to get spectators to come to the circuit,” said Razali.
Track conditions varied greatly over the weekend, with riders experiencing from fully wet to fully dry
This year’s Malaysian Grand Prix was affected by an intense tropical downpour that resulted in the race being red-flagged after thirteen laps. Repsol’s Honda Dani Pedrosa claimed victory at a soaked Sepang ahead Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo in second place and teammate Casey Stoner who finished third.
Round sixteen of the 2012 MotoGP™ season takes place at Sepang International Circuit
A real test of man and machine with its high ambient temperatures and technical layout. Comprising ten right-hand and five left-hand corners and measuring 5,548 metres in length, Sepang’s standout feature are its two long straights that demand excellent stability from the front tyre due to the very hard braking zones at the end. The rest of the circuit is a mix of high and low speed corners that overall place a lot of stress on tyres – particularly at the front.
Following his latest podium triumph, Peter Sauber has once again played down suggestions Sergio Perez could soon be bound for a top team.
After Mexican youngster Perez almost won March’s Malaysian grand prix, rumours began to swirl that Sauber’s engine supplier Ferrari could snap him up for the works team. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo recently played down that possibility at least in the short term, but Perez was back on the podium in Canada, adding fuel to the old rumours.
McLaren and Red Bull are the teams to bet money on after the early phase of the 2012 season.
That is the view of Jaime Alguersuari, the former Toro Rosso driver who is now a commentator for British radio as well as Pirelli’s new test driver. The Spaniard told Europa Press news agency that Ferrari, whose Fernando Alonso won the rain-marred Malaysian grand prix three weeks ago, remains “one step below” the current pacesetters.
McLaren remains “the team to beat” despite the topsy-turvy outcome of the recent Malaysian grand prix.
That is the claim of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, having slumped to sixth in the drivers’ standings after a dire weekend in Malaysia. The formerly-dominant Red Bull driver now lags a Ferrari and even a Sauber, after Fernando Alonso and the unlikely Sergio Perez proved the cream of the slippery Sepang circuit.
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