Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 23:  Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during qualifying for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 23, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Just one week after the Australian Grand Prix, the 2013 Malaysia Grand Prix is set to go down on Sunday.

Once again, German driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed the pole position in qualifying. He also took the top spot at the Australian Grand Prix to open the season. The 25-year-old German will seek to hold on to that lead position after watching Kimi Raikkonen get the win in Melbourne.

Read on for all the information you need to know about Sunday's race.

 

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2013

Start Time: 3:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia

 

Starting Lineup

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1:49.674
2. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:50.587
3. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 1:50.727
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes GP 1:51.699
5. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:52.244
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 1:52.519
7. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1:52.970
8. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.175
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1:53.439
10. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1:54.136

Full lineup can be found at grandprix.com.

 

TV Schedule

The race will be aired live at 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBC Sports Network, according to MotorSportsTalk. The race will then be re-aired at 3:00 p.m. ET on the same station.

 

Key Drivers to Watch

 

Kimi Raikkonen

Raikkonen kicked off the season right with a big win at Melbourne, but can he do it again?

The Lotus-Renault driver had second- and first-place finishes in the first two practice rounds but slid to fifth in the final practice round. He'll be starting seventh on the grid.

If he can earn a back-to-back win, he'll become the man to beat on the circuit.

 

Sebastian Vettel

Vettel was the pole winner for the second time in as many weeks, but can he translate that to an appearance in the winners circle?

He's done well in practice and qualifying, but translating that to race day may prove to be difficult. This will be a close race throughout, so keen strategy will be the difference maker.

Vettel has shown he has the speed; now, he needs to show he can race wisely.

 

Fernando Alonso

Alonso may not be starting in pole position, but he's definitely a favorite heading into the event.

He took a second-place finish in Melbourne and will start out in the No. 2 spot on Sunday. It also helps that he likes this track. He won the race last season and will look to defend his title.