2014 Malaysia GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

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By William Esler.   Last Updated: 26/03/14 12:02pm

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Find out everything you could ever want to know about the Malaysia GP as the Formula 1 moves north to arguably the best of the Hermann Tilke-designed tracks - The Sepang International Circuit.

Since joining the F1 calendar in 1999, this race has thrown up a number of classics - particularly since it adopted a late-afternoon timeslot, meaning heavy rain is always a possibility given the country's tropical climate.

So read on below, and watch Nico Rosberg's guide to the race above, as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.

The 2014 Malaysia GP in a nutshell

Track: Sepang International Circuit. Permanent circuit.

Race start time: 9am UK time Sunday (4pm local).

Laps: 56.

Track length: 5.543 km.

Tyre allocation: Hard (orange) and Medium (white).

DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points (Pit Straight and between Turns 14 and 15).

Driver steward: Martin Donnelly.

Lap record: Juan Pablo Montoya - 1:34.223 (BMW Williams; 2004).

2013 pole: Sebastian Vettel - 1:49.674 (Red Bull).

Sebastian Vettel: On pole in Malaysia in 2013

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Thursday 27th March
7am - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
9pm - Classic F1 - 1999 Malaysian GP.

Friday 28th March
1:45am - Malaysia GP Practice One - Live!
5:45am - Malaysia Practice Two - Live!
8am - Team Principals' Press Conference - Live!
10am - The F1 Show - Live!
11am - Malaysia GP Practice One - replay.
1:05pm - Malaysia GP Practice Two - replay.
8pm - The F1 Show - replay.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2002 Malaysia GP.

Saturday 29th March
4:45am - Malaysia GP Practice Three - Live!
7am - Malaysia GP Qualifying - Live!
9:45am - 1970 Season Review.
10:45am - Malaysia GP Qualifying - replay.
5:15pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2007 Malaysia GP.

Sunday 30th March
7:30am - The 2014 Malaysia GP - Track Parade - Live!
8am - The 2014 Malaysia GP - Race - Live!
11:30am - The 2014 Malaysia GP - Paddock Live!
12:15pm - 1971 Season Review.
3pm - The 2014 Malaysia GP - replay.
7:45pm - 2014 Malaysia GP highlights.
8:45pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2010 Malaysia GP.

Form guide

Sebastian Vettel has won three of the last four races - albeit his last victory came in controversial circumstances with the Multi-21 saga when he overtook Mark Webber against the instructions of his team. Fernando Alonso also has three victories at Sepang, the last of those coming in the wet in 2012.

2013 result: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 4. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 5. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 6. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 7. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 8. Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber); 9. Sergio Perez (McLaren); 10. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso).

Last five winners in Malaysia: 2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2012: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2009: Jenson Button (Brawn).

Vettel took victory from Webber last year

Tyre allocation

Pirelli will bring the white-marked medium and orange-banded hard compounds to the Malaysia Grand Prix.

"Malaysia will obviously be only the second race that this completely new range of tyres, designed for the latest-generation Formula 1 cars, have ever competed in, and it also marks the debut of our 2014 hard tyre," Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said.

"The medium performed well in Melbourne, but Malaysia obviously presents a big contrast to Australia. We go from the smooth asphalt in Melbourne to a highly abrasive surface, and from the relatively cool conditions of Albert Park to much higher ambient and track temperatures. This of course will be as much of a challenge for the new cars as it is for the drivers, and we mustn't forget that we are still at a very early point in the overall learning curve.

"Wet conditions in qualifying in Australia allowed the teams to sample the 2014 intermediate and full wet tyres, and this knowledge could become very useful in Sepang."

Sky Bet odds

Lewis Hamilton is favourite for victory at Sepang with odds of 7/4, whilst Australia race winner Nico Rosberg is 15/8. Sebastian Vettel is available at 14/1. Check out the full range of odds here.

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