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A pretty interesting read for all formula one fans !, Toyota looks pretty confident. Also did you know Ralf Schumacher was in India recently with a replica of the Toyota Formula One car. He was there to promote Toyota F1’s relationship with the Kingfisher group of Vijay Mallya. Ralf Schumacher also had a meeting with Delhi’s Chief Minister Ms. Sheila Dikshit. Too bad I couldn’t catch up with him. That’s the irony of formula one, while real formula one fans missed him, some random ABC person with a huge amount of money must have got to meet him. Anyway here’s the Toyota Malaysian Grand Prix 2007 Preview Newsletter

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The Sepang circuit in Malaysia hosts round two of the 2007 Formula 1 world championship this weekend with Panasonic Toyota Racing drivers Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli confident of building on their top ten finishes at the season-opening race in Melbourne last month.
A four-day test at the track last week helped the team acclimatise to the steamy conditions we will encounter during Sunday’s 56-lap race. The mix of long straights, high-speed corners and tight hairpins added to temperatures up to 35 degrees celsius and high humidity make the Grand Prix one of the toughest of the year.

Ralf, who drove a storming race last year to finish eighth after starting from the back of the grid after an engine change, is looking forward to the challenge. “I have trained for the heat and I have been able to adjust to the climate with the testing at Sepang so I am in good shape for the race weekend, there are no worries about that. I like the circuit, there are some opportunities for overtaking there and it is a new track so the facilities are really great. Also, I have had some good races there and I am hoping for another this year.”

Jarno gave Panasonic Toyota Racing our first Formula 1 podium at this track in 2005. And he’ll be trying his best for another good performance on Sunday. “It would be great if we could repeat that kind of result but we know we still have some work to do to catch up with the top teams because in Australia we were still a bit away. However, after a difficult winter of testing it was good to start the season with a competitive performance in Australia and I hope we can have a strong result in Malaysia.”

Last year’s race resulted in a one-two for Renault with Giancarlo Fisichella for once getting the better of team-mate Fernando Alonso. But it’s too early in the year for confident predictions about this year’s race. Our Senior General Manager Chassis Pascal Vasselon says Sepang will be difficult for all the teams. “The high temperatures are very demanding on the cooling package, the tyres and the brakes. In terms of set-up it is quite tricky as there is an interesting mix of slow and high speed corners. We will get a better idea in Malaysia of how competitive each team is because Melbourne is historically quite an unusual race in terms of performance. That is especially true when it comes to tyres. In Malaysia we do not expect to have the kind of warming up problems you usually see in Australia, so this is the first race which will show how the car behaves when the tyres are working well.”

The 5.543km circuit at Sepang has hosted eight Grands Prix. Six different drivers have won, including Ralf in 2002. Ferrari have collected the most wins with four victories since the track opened in 1999.

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Written by Formula One Addict

April 3rd, 2007 at 11:31 am

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