GFH team iSport will be leaving this weekend for Kuala Lumpur for round 5 of the GP2 Asia Series. GFH team iSport Engineer Gavin Bickerton-Jones gives his thoughts on the challenge ahead. "As is usual with Malaysia the weather is very ...
GFH team iSport will be leaving this weekend for Kuala Lumpur for round 5 of the GP2 Asia Series. GFH team iSport Engineer Gavin Bickerton-Jones gives his thoughts on the challenge ahead.
"As is usual with Malaysia the weather is very unpredictable, says Gavin Bickerton-Jones. It is usually very hot and humid which makes it very difficult for the team and especially the drivers, but there is always a risk of rain as we experienced last year. This makes the strategy very difficult to plan as sudden downpours can happen at any moment, so you have to have the wet tyres ready".
This year Bridgestone have supplied a medium compound tyre whereas last year we had the hard compound which could add to the engineers work as Gavin explains. "We ran mostly with the wet tyre last year so it will be difficult to predict how the medium compound tyre will wear during long runs, the practice sessions will be vital".
Sepang International Circuit is one of the most technical circuits GP2 and F1 will visit all year.
"Sepang is a fast track with a lot of high speed flowing corners mixed with some tight twisting sections making it a very complex circuit, explain Gavin. The best overtaking opportunities are in the last corner onto the straight and also at the end of the pit straight into the tight hairpin. It is a very demanding track for the drivers coupled with the heat with can exceed 50 degrees in the cockpit".
Qualifying takes place on 3rd April with the races reverting back to their usual format of Saturday and Sunday as the GP2 Asia Series reunites with Formula One.