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FIA request minor changes at Sepang 27 Mar 2007

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB3. Formula One Testing, Day One, Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday, 27 March 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

The FIA has instructed the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) to undertake some minor works to improve parts of the guard rails and tyre barriers within the circuit ahead of the upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix.

FIA Safety Delegate Charlie Whiting, who conducted the pre-event track inspection, also asked the circuit to close both the North Track and South Track entrances before this week’s official Formula One testing session got underway.

“It is always a pleasure to come to a circuit that is in a perfect condition,” said Whiting, who will be Race Director at next month’s Grand Prix. “However, I have ask them do some minor works for the race.”

Clarifying the FIA comments, SIC Track Manager Kumarasamy Chellapan said that Whiting had asked for some of the tyre barriers to be moved back to their previous locations to shut off both the North and South track entrances.

“As you know, we occasionally used half tracks for events. It is now just a case of putting them back in their original locations as specified by the FIA,” said Kumarasamy, adding that it was a minor job that could be completed quickly.

“He also asked us to make sure that all the screws on the guard rails to be tightened up. Other than that he said everything else was perfect."

Other work already carried out for this year’s race includes upgrading of the drainage system at Turn 3, resurfacing of a 400-metre stretch between Turn 3 and Turn 4, replacement of pit-wall glass with debris fences, and various refurbishment of facilities within the pit building.