|After the excitement of round one in Melbourne, Australia, where Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello stormed to a fantastic second place from eleventh on the grid, the Formula One circus moves on this week to hot and humid Sepang.|
Located on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, Sepang is dubbed the hottest race on the calendar, testing the limits of drivers and machinery alike. Bridgestone shod driver and reigning World Champion Michael Schumacher won in Malaysia last year and Bridgestone’s engineers are keen to take on the challenge once again.
Bridgestone Motorsport is sending three dry weather specifications of Potenza Formula One tyre to the 5.543km Sepang circuit in Malaysia from its Tokyo factory. One wet weather and one extreme wet weather specification will also be available to Bridgestone’s teams. The tyres have been specifically tailored to stand the extreme temperatures encountered in Malaysia – last year track temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius. Tyre compounds, however, will be from the medium range to provide the competitive combination of grip and wear performance on this smooth but tough track.
M Schumacher, JP Montoya, J Button, R Barrichello, J Trulli, D Coulthard
2005 Championship standings (After Rd.1):
Constructors: Renault 16 pts, Ferrari 8, Red Bull 7, Williams 4, McLaren 4
Drivers: Fisichella 10 pts, Barrichello 8, Alonso 6, Coulthard 5, Webber 4, Montoya 3