The venue is being extensively resurfaced and upgraded following design work by Italian company Dromo.
A circuit representative confirmed to F1 Fanatic the layout of the final corner will remain much the same but alterations are being made to the entry kerb and camber.
The changes are being made to improve drainage – small rivers have formed at the corner during heavy rain in the past – reduce the speed of the corner and increase overtaking opportunities.
The full list of alterations to the track includes changes to “improve corner drive-ability in turns 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 15”. They will also “upgrade the drainage system, the kerbs and the run-off area at turns 1, 4, 9, 12 15”.
The Sepang circuit has held the Malaysian Grand Prix since 1999 without any significant alterations to its 5.543 kilometre configuration. The changes have been made in consultation with the FIA and FIM (motorcycling federation) and their track inspections will take place before the World Superbike race at the track on May 15th.
Last week the track reported more than half of the “major works” had been completed since it was closed for the reconstruction work on February 15th.
Dromo designed the recent alterations to the Imola circuit in Italy and Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. Designer Jarno Zaffelli said the final corner at Sepang will be a “completely new challenge for Moto GP riders and F1 drivers” and said changes at turn two will make overtaking moves “more likely”.
— Jarno (@jarnozaffelli) April 9, 2016
Thanks to @Zantkiller for the tip.
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