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Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: Is Weather, Timing of Race Genius or Crazy?

Approximately 60 kilometres south of Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, lies a circuit that was formerly swampland. The first of a string of purpose-built circuits by renowned German architect Hermann Tilke, Sepang is one of the most technically demanding circuits on the calendar for drivers and race engineers alike. Its two long straights are offset by high-downforce sections, particularly in sector 2 which makes for a tough compromise in terms of car setup. Yet what so often makes the Malaysian Grand Prix one of the most exciting and unpredictable races on the calendar is that it takes place during monsoon season. At this time of the year, ambient temperatures are already high but the extreme humidity means that cockpit temperat...

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