Entry: Another Grandstand Monday, March 24, 2008



Yesterday I went to watch the Formula 1 race at the Sepang F1 Circuit. Together with two of my friends, we went out early, only to arrive exactly when the race started. Reaching for the seat at the grandstand, the race was just starting up to its warm-up lap.

Knowing that the Scuderias are leading the pack and the Silver Arrows are both penalize five grid position each, I knew it will be a good year for me, as a Ferrari supporter of course. The race went out pretty exciting, with Massa suffer a spin and eventually out of the race as he was trapped in the gravel at turn 8. Almost everybody at the hillstand rush to watch eight marshalls pushing the F2008! 

But watching from grandstand, and facing southward, I missed the clash between Rosberg and Timo Glock, and unfortunately, the pit action which will reveal the teams' strategies. Lucky I got to see the playback on ASTRO!

I remember the first time I went for a Grand Prix, it was a hill stand and being new to the sport, I cannot make out the position and strategies. But now, I can even guess the fuel payload and pit stop strategy. And I'm getting very literate with the drivers' numbers and colours, which is important for a high-speed race. The tower which display the current position was helping me a lot. The giant screen is good as well, but I barely can hear sound. So, it is imperative that I can make out the condition and strategy of the race on my own.

Being the number one most technical circuit in the world, Sepang combines the characteristics of wide circuit, short and long corners, and feature two grandstand-length straights, which make a lap's time to be just around 1 minute and 37 seconds.

At this circuit, I believe starting from midfield with free fuel strategy wouldn't help much. That goes the same with pro-cons of longer or shorter wheelbase. It is vital to qualify to the best grid position. Unfortunately, one of my favourite driver Sebastian Vettel didn't finish. But it's totally a different story with Quick Nick, who managed to score the fastest lap on lap 43 while chasing Jarno Trulli and Lewis Hamilton.

Of course, this is not the first grandstand for me. The price is out of question as it ranges from RM800 to RM1500. So, the tickets are free complimentary tickets. If not, Ill be a hillstand frequenter!


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Me and Shamsuri, in front of the BMW-Sauber F1.08 at their booth

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Me and Yap at the grandstand

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Felipe Massa leading the pack. It was the Scarlet Car 1-2 until the middle of the race.

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Me at the grandstand...haha

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My first picture with Datuk Seri Hishammuddin

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Me, Shamsuri, and Yap at the back

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I took this picture of Yap taking Shamsuri's picture

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Me looking verrryyyy nervous (you know why...)

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Being use to cameras during his athletics days, Yap is a natural in this pic

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Even more with Shamsuri...


I'm glad I was able to see a Ferrari win here. Last year, they have a very bad start at Sepang, where the McLaren, headed by the ever-wise Fernando Alonso, took over the lead on the first corner with his teammate although starting from 2nd and 4th respectively.

But even now, with a less competitive car, Alonso can make it to points. I reckon a true genius, a bit at par with the great Michael Schumacher.


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This is from last year. Ironically I took the picture before the race, and eventually the McLaren Mercedes won.

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Me at the grandstand. Last year was very hot, it registered to be the highest temperature for 2007 Formula One Grand Prix.Lucky this year the weather is milder.

Well, hopefully next year I'll be able to go for the Grand Prix again. And I'm praying it's a Grandstand!

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