Sepang F1 Circuit is undoubtedly a landmark for the motoring fraternity. Malaysia has virtually set a minimum standard for future F1 circuits around the world, the general opinion of the motorsports world, with the construction of Malaysia's Home of Motorsports.
Sculptured on a 260 hectare oil palm plantation, Sepang F1 circuit sets records from the moment it had its earth-breaking ceremony. Built with the concept of a 'natural stadium', it required more than 9 million cubic meters of earth to be removed. To retain its scenic green, more than 5,000 palm trees were planted around the circuit. As time goes by, more trees were planted further adding to the beauty of the circuit.
The 5,543 meter long track features 15 corners and 8 straights including two high-speed stretches. With a minimum width of 16 meters, the track allows ample opportunities for overtaking, ensuring a suspenseful and thrilling race. The widest part of the track spreads up to 22 meters. The unique criterion of the circuit is that it can be split in to two circuits when required. The split circuits are situated on both sides of the circuit, the north side, and the south side with lengths of 2.8 km and 2.6 km respectively, thus allowing two races to run concurrently.
The track is built using a specially formulated bitumen compound, which is smooth and not to oabrasive to suit the Malaysian climate and year-round use. Smooth river stones were used for the gravel beds along the track.
When you first step foot at the circuit, you will pass through the Welcome Center, the gateway to the grandstand and the nerve center for the circuits administrative activities. Apart from housing offices, the Welcome Center also houses a restaurant, a souvenir shop, and an automotive museum.
The heart and focal point of the circuit is the Pit Building. Facing the main grandstand, all the racing facilities are housed here: 33 pits, race control center, time-keeping room, paddock clubs, and race management offices.
Each of the fully air-conditioned pit boxes are 8 meters wide, and 24 meters long. Each block of two pits has three air-conditioned offices equipped with telecommunication lines, team common room (team hospitality area), and a kitchen.
The exclusive paddock clubs on the first floor comes with their own parking and private access. For royal and VVIP guests, there is the Perdana Suite situated on the second floor of the pit building that can accommodate 250 people.
A landscaped mall area has been designed with the purpose of connecting the north and south grandstand to form the Main Grandstand area. In the main grandstand is the prime location for trade and vending, exhibition, food and beverage, amenities, and souvenir outlets during any racing event.