Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel eyes ‘rewarding’ win

Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel believes that winning at Sepang is one of the most "rewarding" victories

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2010 and 2011 Photo: Red Bull/Getty Images

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Sebastian Vettel believes the “tough challenge” that awaits drivers at Sepang makes winning the Malaysian Grand Prix all the more rewarding.

The Red Bull driver heads into Sunday’s race on the back of his third-place finish at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and is eyeing another victory in Malaysia to add to his triumphs in 2010 and 2011.

“It’s a very rewarding circuit for a driver to win, as it’s such a tough challenge with the heat and high-speed corners,” said three-times world champion Vettel.

“It’s rewarding, as it shows you have prepared well over the winter, so I guess my favourite memories are winning in 2010 and 2011.

“It’s an interesting track. After the first section, Turns 5, 6, 7 and 8 are very quick and fun. Turns 11 and 14 are similar, it’s difficult to find the apex of those on every lap, especially as the tyres become worn.”

Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Pre-race facts

• Malaysia is one of the more abrasive surfaces that the cars compete on all year, which is part of the reason why the two hardest compounds from the range have been nominated.

• The Sepang track is built on what was formerly a swamp, with a fundamentally uneven surface. However, the asphalt was resurfaced in 2007, which smoothed out most of the bumps – although some remain.

• Last year, the hard and medium tyre compounds were chosen for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The top five drivers adopted a three-stop strategy: intermediate-wet-intermediate-slick. Bruno Senna meanwhile, in fifth place, stopped four times.

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