Malaysian Grand Prix 2009 - Kuala Lumpur
Race Date: 05 Apr 2009
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.543 km
Race Distance: 310.408 km
Lap Record: 1:34.223 - JP Montoya (2004)
Bridgestone’s soft tires have proved to be the fastest on track at Malaysia’s Sepang on day one of the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix 2009. Dry or wet, Bridgestone is all braced up for the race.
Ferrari seems back with a bang as we saw in Friday’s opening practice. Both Kimi Raikonen and Felipe Massa clicked fastest times encouraging team Ferrari as a whole 2 days ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix. It certainly boosted their morale considering the poor show by the Finnish and his Brazilian counterpart at Melbourne. While the former finished at 15, Felipe Massa failed to even finish.
However, it’s the weather at Sepang that remains a worrisome factor for the racers and teams. It’s quite unpredictable there at the circuit and its causing some worry to most of the drivers as well as the teams because a rain will prompt them to change tyre set up as well as machines. It will be interesting to watch how the new kid on the block and debutant, Brawn GP Formula 1 team will show up at Sepang. Renault’s Spaniard member Fernando Alonso hopes that he will play on Sunday’s 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix believing he would recover from his ear infection. He even cut down his practice session on Friday in time for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix after the Spaniard was forced to cut down his first practice session today.