The Sepang circuit is about 60 km from the Malaysian capital, near Kuala Lumpur Airport. Like many modern tracks that have hosted Formula 1 races, it was designed by Hermann Tilke, and drivers appreciate it because of the demands it places on them. The track opened in 1999 and is 5.543 km long, with 15 corners and eight straights. It is a proving ground for both drivers and cars, especially at certain times of the year when the humidity and temperature are a challenge in themselves.Overtaking is easy due to the width of the roadway, and its most characteristic feature consists of two long straights connected by a sharp hairpin bend. The track's design offers an exciting variety of corners of different radii and banked hairpin bends. It puts a car's braking system and tyres to the test mainly due to the high temperatures rather than the characteristics of the asphalt.