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Location : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Track length : 5.543 km
Number of laps : 56 (310.408 Km)

Spectator Capacity : ~100,000

Creation Date : March 1999


Record Pole : Michael Schumacher - Ferrari - 1:33.074 (2004)

Fastest Lap : Juan Pablo Montoya - Williams - 1:34.223 (2004)


1. Michael Schumacher - Ferrari

2. Juan Pablo Montoya- Williams

3. Jensen Button - BAR Honda


2004 - Michael Schumacher - Ferrari

2003 - Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren

2002 - Ralf Schumacher - BMW-Williams

2001 - Michael Schumacher - Ferrari

2000 - Michael Schumacher - Ferrari

1999 - Eddie Irvine - Ferrari


The 5.542 km (3.443 mile) Sepang circuit is situated close to the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport and has been widely hailed as the most up to date racing complex in the world. But for the teams and drivers that participated in the country's first Formula One race, it represented uncertainty. Only three drivers previously had the chance to drive on the new and unknown circuit and that was only briefly.

The first event saw the return of Michael Schumacher after his accident at Silverstone some months earlier. He led the race with ease before handing the win over to his teammate, Eddie Irvine to help the Irishman with his championship hopes.In 2000 it set the scene for further Ferrari victory. The last race on the calendar, Michael Schumacher took the victory with ease after securing the drivers crown the race before. The final win of the season saw Ferrari finish the year with their second successive constructors title.

For 2001 the Malaysian event had been moved to the start of the season, following Australia. As a result the country had two events in six months. Michael won for the second year in a row, but 2002 saw younger brother Ralf take the win, his one and only in the entire season.

In 2003, Kimi Raikkonen won his first GP victory, in front of Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher received a drive-through penalty because of an incident with Jarno Trulli in the first lap of the race. The German finished the race in a disappointing sixth place.

Michael Schumacher bounced back in 2004 to record his third victory at the circuit in six years but Juan Pablo Montoya pushed the Ferrari star hard in his BMW Williams, crossing the line just five seconds behind the German. Mark Webber achieved Jaguar Racing's finest qualifying effort as he started the race from the front row of the grid, only to spin shortly into the race.


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