Malaysian Grand Prix Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Malaysian Grand Prix Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

The race may still be a good few months away, but we’ve put together a list of Malaysian Grand Prix facts to whet your appetite in the meantime.   The end of an era With its exotic surroundings and devilish circuit, the Malaysian Grand Prix is one of the most unique and exciting races on the F1 calendar. But in November last year Malaysia’s culture and tourism minister, Nazri Abdul Aziz, confirmed that the Sepang track would stop hosting an F1 grand prix after its current agreement expires in 2018. That means there may only be two more chances to experience this iconic race for the foreseeable future. We’ll be sorry to see it go…so much so that we had to put together this fact-based tribute. So without further ado, here are our 10 fascinating Malaysian Grand Prix facts… 1. The Sepang track hosted its first grand prix in 1999 The Sepang International Circuit was designed by German designer Hermann Tilke and constructed between 1997 and 1999 under Mahathir Mohamad’s government. The Prime Minister built the track as part of a series of major infrastructure projects designed to turn the country into a fully industrialised nation. 2. There have been 10 different winners so far Of 18 races so far, 10 different drivers have taken the top spot. Eddie Irvine won the inaugural race for Ferrari in 1999 – but only after an appeal heard the following week. Ferrari were initially disqualified amidst questions over the legality of their cars’ bargeboards. Luckily for Irvine, the appeal found in favour of Ferrari and his win was reinstated – proving to...