Despite still having the feel of a new race, Malaysia's Sepang venue will hold its 13th Formula 1 World Championship event on Sunday.
In that time, it has seen its fair share of classic moments, great battles and memorable incidents. Here are 10 of the best.
10. Button wins in the darkness - 2009
Button and his crew waited for the race to recommence. © LAT
After the safety car had been deployed, the red flags flew with 31 laps in the book, and with darkness setting in before there was a chance to restart, Brawn driver Jenson Button became only the fifth person to win a half-points grand prix courtesy of some well-time pit-stops and brilliant driving on slicks in the wet.
9. Sato shunts Fisichella - 2002
Sato runs into the back of Fisichella. © LAT
"I am really sorry about what happened with Giancarlo," said Sato. "I apologise very much as it shouldn't have happened." Fisichella, who went on to finished 13th and three laps down after repairs, accepted the apology.
"Taku clearly feels pretty bad about it," said Fisi. "He came to apologise immediately after the race. There is no point dwelling on it - I think he has learned his lesson." Sato went on to take ninth after repairs, the first finish of his F1 career.
8. Button's podium near-miss - 2002
Schumacher took third place from Button. © LAT
After qualifying eighth, he climbed to third by the closing stages - engaging in a feisty battle with Juan Pablo Montoya along the way - and despite being closed in on by Michael Schumacher's Ferrari, the Briton seemingly had his first podium in the bag.
Then, his right-rear suspension broke. Button knew Schumacher was catching him, but negotiated the final corner and headed for the line knowing that he had just managed to hold the position. Then he realised that there was one more lap to go. He limped home fourth.
"This race has been a disappointment," he said. "If I had been running fourth for the whole race then it would have been a great result, but after running third it is a little bad."
Astonishingly, despite scoring regular points, it would not be until the 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix when, driving for BAR, Button would finally stand on an F1 podium.
7. Schumacher's comeback pole position - 1999
Schumacher led the start of the 1999 race. © LAT
Qualifying answered the question, as he claimed pole position by a massive 0.947s from Irvine.
Having led the first few laps, and made his point about who the real number one driver was, Schumacher waved Irvine past and later had to let him through for a second time after getting back ahead through the pit-stops. The one-two finish kept the championship alive to the Suzuka finale - although not without controversy as he was accused of holding up Mika Hakkinen to help Irvine's title bid. "There is nothing wrong with what I did," said Schumacher. "It is part of motor racing. Eddie has worked for me for three and a half years and now it was my turn to work for him."
After the race both cars were disqualified for running illegal barge boards, giving Mika Hakkinen victory and the championship. The exclusion was later overturned, controversially, although Schumacher's second place at Suzuka was not enough to give Irvine the crown.
6. Herbert goes out with a bang - 2000
This would be Herbert's Final Grand Prix. © LAT
His 160th and final grand prix ended in a similar way, although not for good reasons. Driving for Jaguar, he suffered a right-rear suspension failure while on what would have been his eighth-from-last F1 lap. He shed his right-rear wheel and flew across the gravel trap, slamming into the tyre wall. He was only running 10th, but it was undignified way to end a long F1 career, as two marshals had to carry him away from the wreck of the Jaguar.
Herbert did not miss the symmetry, saying "I guess it was inevitable that because I began my career being carried to the car, I would end it being carried out of it." After being taken to the medical centre, it was discovered that he had suffered only heavy bruising.
5. Davidson's big chance -2005
Davidson retired due to engine failure in 2005 © LAT
Qualifying was always going to be a big challenge, and the 2001 British F3 runner-up did a solid job to line-up 15th, six places behind vastly experienced team-mate Jenson Button.
"I'm mega-keen to get back into a race," said Davidson. "I feel as a racer that one of my strongest points is actually racing and hopefully we'll be right in the middle of the pack going into turn one. I'm really, really looking forward to that."
Unfortunately, race day didn't go quite as hoped. On the third lap, both BARs suffered engine failures and Davidson's one and only race appearance for the team ended in retirement. After waiting so long, that was it for his opportunities in a team that he served so well as a test driver. In a way, it stands as a microcosm of Davidson's whole F1 career. So near and yet, through little fault of his own, so far.
4. Verstappen's wet charge - 2001
Verstappen finished seventh place. © LAT
From 18th on the grid, he climbed to sixth during a chaotic first lap and as the rain set in, he was on a charge. Verstappen moved up to fifth on lap three after race leader Michael Schumacher had an off-track excursion and, on lap five, ran second behind McLaren's David Coulthard when the safety car was on track.
The Dutchman was forced to wave Sauber driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen past when it was realised that he overtook the German under yellow flags, but at the restart he promptly re-took the position again. In total, Verstappen spent five laps holding second place and a further seven in third, although as conditions improved he didn't have the machinery to finish any better than seventh. Nonetheless, it was an eyecatching drive from a man who was once touted as the next big thing.
"It was a great feeling to be so high up in the race," said Verstappen. "We got the maximum out of the car and the maximum out of me, especially at the start. The only shame is that we just missed out on the points."
3 Alonso makes his mark - 2003
Although Alonso finished in third place. He became F1's youngest pole-sitter © LAT
There was a little sniping, with David Coulthard commenting that "it doesn't mean as much as a pole used to," referring to the recently-introduced rule forcing drivers to qualify on a race fuel load. But no matter that, fuel-adjusted, Michael Schumacher had been fastest for Ferrari, Alonso's lap of 1m37.044s was the moment that he truly made his mark on F1. But he wasn't getting caught up in the moment, describing the lap as "normal", although he did admit that it was a "very strange feeling."
Inevitably, in the race, he didn't quite have the speed to win, leading before slipping to third place in the final reckoning. It was his first podium and, at the age of the 21 years and 237 days made him F1's then-youngest pole position starter.
2. Raikkonen's first win - 2003
Raikkonen taking his first win at McLaren. © LAT
While Fernando Alonso took the plaudits in qualifying, Raikkonen was the man of the race. He climbed to second early on after Jarno Trulli and Michael Schumacher clashed at the start and his McLaren team-mate David Coulthard suffered an electrical problem.
Although Alonso led, he had to pit five laps earlier than Raikkonen, losing the lead to the McLaren man. The Finn then reeled off the remaining laps like a veteran, eventually finishing nearly 40 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. "Even if I never win again, I've had this day," said Raikkonen. But there would be plenty more days, as this was just the start of a run of success that would bring him 18 wins and the 2007 world championship.
1. Schumacher vs. Montoya: It's war - 2002
Schumacher had to return to the pits for a new front wing. © LAT
"I don't understand why I was given a penalty," said Montoya. "We were racing - that is what F1 is all about. If people don't want to see this sort of stuff, we should just get the safety car out and run behind that."
As for Schumacher, who took his Ferrari to third, even he was surprised by the penalty - although he was quick to lay the blame at Montoya's door. "If he had opened the door more we wouldn't have touched, simple," said Schumacher. "But I didn't see a drama. He was perhaps judged a bit harshly because we have seen more extreme things where nothing was done. Perhaps we don't have too consistent a system."
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