History Of F1 In Malaysia

Ismail Saad
January 24, 2022
Sepang

If you are a Formula One fan in Malaysia, it is certainly sad to be a fan of this motorsports series. Why? That is because Formula One fans of Malaysia can no longer watch the race live anymore as the last time Formula One hosted the race in Malaysia was back in 2017. The reason why F1 stopped hosting races in Malaysia was due to low turnout and rising ticket prices. For MotoGP fans, however, they can still enjoy the privilege of watching their race live as MotoGP is still hosting Malaysia.

History of the circuit

The name of the circuit is called Sepang International Circuit. The circuit was officially opened in 1999 by former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohammad. The circuit competed in a record 14 months and received the privilege of integrating the F1 logo in its name because of its ultra-modern infrastructure.

The location of the Sepang International Circuit is strategically built near Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), as most major cities can be reached from there and it will take around 30minutes to reach KL city centre. Hence, this circuit is the perfect location. Visitors can travel to Sepang International Circuit by using the North-South Expressway, Railway Links and Highways.

This circuit isn’t just a place for motorsports. It is actually a home for motorsports as this circuit has hosted many motorsports events.

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Formula One races in Sepang International Circuit

Formula One fans have witnessed numerous exciting races throughout the 18 years from 1999-to 2017. One of the most memorable ones they have witnessed is the pouring rain back in 2009 where we saw numerous drivers struggling to keep their cars on the road. The weather was so bad that the races had to be red-flagged, only completing half race distance. Let’s not forget that Kimi Raikkonen was shown on the big screen eating ice cream. Let’s not forget that during the final year of F1 hosting Sepang international circuit, during the in lap, we managed to witness a comical accident between 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, when Lance Stroll drive to Sebastian Vettel’s route, causing him to crash into him.

Will Formula One come back to host races in Malaysia ever again?

Although it is really sad that we may not get to watch live F1 races in Sepang anytime soon, there are actually plans from the Malaysian government to bring back F1 races in Sepang. However, we need to keep it realistic and see whether it’s durable to do so as we have to remember why it stopped hosting F1 races here in the first place. If we can find a way to keep the ticket price not so expensive, then F1 returning to Malaysia again is likely. Until then, we can only wish for the return of Formula One to our iconic Sepang International Circuit.