FIA reschedule pre-event inspection of Sepang

KUALA LUMPUR: The pre-event inspection on the Sepang F1 Circuit for the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, which is set for tomorrow, has been rescheduled to Jan 22 upon the request by the International Automobile Federation (FIA). 

The Sepang International Circuit's (SIC) general manager, Ahmad Mustafa, said that the FIA had requested them to reschedule the date and they had agreed to conduct the inspection in three week’s time on Jan 22. 

“Basically, the track is all ready for the event except for painting works, which we usually do closer to the event,” he said in a statement released here yesterday. 

Ahmad said the circuit had even completed modification works on the kerbs as requested by the world motorsports governing body. 

The modification works were similar to the kerbs at Turns 4 and 6, that were done for this year’s GP. 

The 5.543 km circuit has 15 turns and eight straights. 

“The FIA were happy with what we did this year.  

“So we followed the same pattern and work for the three turns and I don’t see any problem in getting the FIA approval,” said Ahmad, adding that the inspection would be conducted by the FIA Safety Delegate, Charlie Whitting, who is also the race director. 

Besides the kerbs, the other new requirement made by the FIA for the this year's GP was for the extension of the guard rail at Turn 2, which he said would be done in February. 

The FIA would conduct two sessions of inspection on all F1 tracks with the second session being done on race week. – Bernama 

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