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Malaysian GP: “Three difficult braking areas.”


Sepang is a very demanding circuit, which is a hard test both for the drivers and the cars. Indeed it’s made up of a combination of fast corners and long straights, which challenge the engine as much as the aerodynamics. As for the drivers, they have to put up with the humidity and the heat, with a cockpit temperature that can reach as high as 50 degrees.

For this reason it’s very important that the drivers adapt to the climate in good time and that they keep hydrated even when they’re driving: a problem with the drinks system during the race could make all the difference to the final result. “If the race is dry it is very long and while you’re in the car you are hoping that it will start to rain so you can have a bit of relief,” Scuderia Ferrari test driver Pedro De La Rosa told


By contrast the Malaysian Grand Prix is less demanding than other circuits (notably Canada and Singapore) when it comes to the braking system. “But there are three corners that particularly stress the whole system: braking into first chicane, where you arrive at over 300 km/h with a lateral force of over 4 g, then the Langkawi corner and the last corner before the start-finish straight,” added De La Rosa. The braking system is used to coping with even more severe forces but the extreme climatic conditions of the Malaysian race make it important to keep temperatures under control in the discs and the entire system.

Source: Ferrari Media