Sepang International Circuit Malaysia
The Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the most modern circuits in the Formula 1 calendar - and therefore also reckoned to be the most popular. Layout and width of the track clearly illustrate the architects and engineers design intent of creating ample overtaking opportunities.
Moreover, Sepang is known to be a highly diverse racetrack. Altogether 15 turns demand high technical driving skills, contrasted through the high speed start-finish straight and the nearly parallel laying back-straight on the opposite side.
The maximum speed is around 310 km/h, with a track width of up to 22 meters, coupled with outside temperatures of 30° C and a humidity of up to 98%. The Sepang International Circuit redefines the standards of modern racetracks, pushing man and machine to their very limits.
Still, the safety standards of the circuit are extremely high: The track width reduces the risk of collisions, while the generous run-off areas prevent hard crashes.
In light of the groundbreaking circuit design, as per FIA homologation, Sepang holds a Grade 1 FIA license. Since the opening of the racetrack in 1998, up to 135,000 spectators have been able to enjoy a multitude of exciting and diverse races under unique conditions.
Sepang & Tilke – A History inextricably linked
The high entertainment factor is not the only reason why the Sepang International Circuit plays a special role in the history of our company. Sepang is one of the first Formula 1 race tracks we completely designed and constructed on our own, marking the beginning of a new Tilke era. Notably, this racetrack also prepared the groundwork for Formula 1’s expansion into Asia – and was quite successful, judging with a decade of hindsight.
The Sepang F1 Circuit was completed in 1998. A year later, it hosted the Formula 1 for the first time. A further extension finally completed the project in 2000. Since then, Formula 1 and MotoGP use the main, 5.54 km racetrack of the Sepang International Circuit, while significantly shorter versions of 2.61 km and 2.71 km are also available.
The overwhelmingly positive feedback from the international racing-community made Sepang a role model for future projects. The design and planning of race tracks in the years thereafter, for example in Bahrain or Abu Dhabi, benefited substantially from the expertise collected in Malaysia and enabled the individual implementation of new racetrack concepts around the globe.