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Teams touch down in Malaysia 23 Mar 2007

Freight in the pits.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, 16 March 2006 The pit lane is painted.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, 16 March 2006 Air guns.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, 16 March 2006 The pit lane exit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, 16 March 2006

Cars and equipment move into pits ahead of testing

Kuala Lumpur’s Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has had a busy few days with the arrival of the Formula One teams ahead of next week’s official test. Ten of the 11 teams will be in action, in preparation for the forthcoming Malaysian Grand Prix.

Following the season opener in Australia, rather than returning to their various European bases, the teams’ cars and equipment were flown directly to Malaysia as part of a large and carefully-orchestrated logistical operation.

“They are actually coming in six flights from Melbourne, with the last flight coming in on Tuesday with all the television equipment,” Yunus Malek of freight forwarders Maju Senja told SIC. “Altogether, it would be 600 tonnes of cargo.”

In light of the test, which will include everyone bar Spyker, officials have concentrated on getting the teams’ cargo safely into Sepang on time - which has added to the already complex task of preparing for the Grand Prix on April 8.

However, close support from the Customs Department at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport ensured the Formula One cargo received swift clearance and customs officials were even posted at the circuit to monitor offloading.

The three-day Sepang session begins next Tuesday, after which the teams will have a week to analyse their test results ahead of first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Following the race, an even bigger logistical challenge awaits, with everything having to be packed up and transported to the Middle East in time for the Bahrain Grand Prix just a week later on April 15.