A Day at the Races

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Michael Schumacher runs his Ferrari through its paces before the Malaysian Grand Prix track at the Sepang Circuit race track

As you may remember from geography lessons, rubber is big in Malaysia. But there's a better way to appreciate it besides attending museums and tree-tapping demonstrations, and that's the Malaysian Grand Prix. Scheduled for April 8 at Kuala Lumpur's hyper-modern Sepang Circuit, the tire-scorching event is the second competition in this year's World Formula One Championship, which makes it all the more intriguing. If the much-vaunted first race in Melbourne on March 18 is where the kinks are discovered, then it's in the second race that the real drama begins to unfold. Will world champ Fernando Alonso repeat his Renault success...

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