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Formula One - Malaysian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, March 24
SITE: Sepang International Circuit (1999) -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TRACK: 5.543 km (3.444 miles), 15-turn road course
CAPACITY: 133,000
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
ANNUAL: 15th
START TIME: 4 a.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 23/4 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Fernando Alonso
RUNNER-UP: Sergio Perez
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (finished 3)
LAPS: 56
MILES: 192.887 (310.408 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Fernando Alonso, 2005 (1 min., 32.582 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Giancarlo Fisichella, 2006 (1 hr., 30 mins., 40.529 secs.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Fernando Alonso86Bruno Senna13
2Sergio Perez97Paul di Resta14
3Lewis Hamilton18Jean-Eric Vergne18
4Mark Webber49Nico Hulkenberg16
5Kimi Raikkonen1010Michael Schumacher3
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 112.969 kph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 44 mins., 51.812 secs. (rain delay)
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.263 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 21
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 15
FASTEST LAP: Kimi Raikkonen, 1:40.722, lap 53
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton, 1:36.219
Past Malaysian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Fernando Alonso (8) -- Ferrari -- 112.969 kph/2:44:51.812
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull Renault -- 190.699 kph/1:37.39.832
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel (3) -- Red Bull Renault -- 198.540 kph/1:33.48.412
2009 -- Jenson Button (1) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 182.919 kph/55:30.622
2008 -- Kimi Raikkonen (2) -- Ferrari -- 203.971 kph/1:31:18.555
2007 -- Fernando Alonso (2) -- McLaren -- 201.893 kph/1:32.14.930
2006 -- Giancarlo Fisichella (1) -- Renault -- 205.397 kph/1:30.40.529
2005 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- Renault -- 203.407 kph/1:31:33.736
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 204.384 kph/1:31:07.490
2003 -- Kimi Raikkonen (7) -- McLaren -- 201.629 kph/1:32:22.195
2002 -- Ralf Schumacher (4) -- Williams -- 1:34:12.912
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:47:34.801
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:35:54.235
1999 -- Eddie Irvine (2) -- Ferrari -- 1.36:38.494
Past Malaysian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 3
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2010 -- Mark Webber -- 2
2009 -- Jenson Button -- 1
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 19
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 5
2006 -- Giancarlo Fisichella -- 1
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2003 -- Fernando Alonso -- 3
2002 -- Michael Schumacher -- 3
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
1999 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Australian Grand Prix (March 17)
SITE: Albert Park Circuit -- Melbourne, Australia
LAPS: 58
MILES: 191.110 (307.574 km)
WINNER: Kimi Raikkonen
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
THIRD: Sebastian Vettel
FOURTH: Felipe Massa
FIFTH: Lewis Hamilton
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (finished 3)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 30 mins., 3.225 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 204.926 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 12.451 secs.
Malaysian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3 *Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
5Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Fernando Alonso7Won2Won811136Won
Sergio Perez---------------------212
Lewis Hamilton---------257683
Mark Webber2016191076244
Kimi Raikkonen179223Won14------5
Sebastian Vettel------------1815WonWon11
Nico Rosberg------211914831213
Jenson Button31831210Won8214
Felipe Massa810551997515
 
Mover of the Week
Kimi Raikkonen - started 7 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - finished 3
 
NOTES:
The Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur is round 2 on the 2013 Formula One calendar.

This will be the 15th running of the Malaysian GP. The race made its F1 debut on October 17th, 1999, which was won by Eddie Irvine from Ferrari.

Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher, who retired from F1 for good at the conclusion of the 2012 season, 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.

Alonso has won this race with three different teams: Renault (2005), McLaren (2007) and Ferrari (2012).

Last year's Malaysian GP was stopped for nearly one hour due to heavy rain. Moments before the start of the 56-lap race, precipitation began falling on the 3.44-mile circuit. All drivers began with intermediate tires. After the fifth lap, race officials deployed the safety car for the torrential downpour. The event then came to a halt a few laps later. Just after pitting for a new set of tires, Alonso took over the lead, while Sergio Perez, who drove for Sauber last year, moved into second by lap 17. Alonso and Perez ran one-two from there on.

The race winner in the Malaysian GP has started on the pole position seven times. Sebastian Vettel most recently did it in 2011.

Jenson Button has competed in the Malaysian GP 13 times, which is more than any other driver. Button has raced in it each year from 2000-12.

Round 3 in the 2013 Formula One world championship is the April 14 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Nico Rosberg is the defending race winner.

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