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Malaysian Grand Prix to be axed after 2017

  • Published on 07 Apr 2017 08:00
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Formula 1 will not be returning to Malaysia beyond 2017, officials have confirmed. The event will run as scheduled this year but the paddock will not travel to Sepang in 2018.

Malaysia has held a Grand Prix for 19 years and has become one of the modern Hermann Tilke fan favourites. Managing Director of Commercial Operations in Formula 1 commented on the revelation.

"It's always sad to say goodbye to a member of the Formula 1 family. Over nearly two decades, the Malaysian Formula 1 fans have proven themselves to be some of the sport's most passionate supporters.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Sepang International Circuit for their hospitality and professionalism over the years, and their ongoing commitment to motorsport."

Despite losing a Grand Prix, 2018 is poised to match the recording breaking 21 Grand Prix calendar, with Germany and France to return to Hockenheim and Paul Ricard respectively.

"As we said in Melbourne, we have big plans for bringing our global fan base closer to the sport than ever before, providing an enhanced digital experience and creating new events," he said.

"We're looking forward to talking more about these plans as the season progresses. We will have 21 exciting events to look forward to in the 2018 calendar, with the additions of the French and German races."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • Shame, I really like this event

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    • Apr 7 2017 - 08:34
    • Wolfgang

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      yep. and i think it´s quite an interesting track.. but let´s see what they come up instead of..

      one thing is for sure in that sence: Petronas surely won´t be amused loosing their home-race. Funny thing is if the british gp is also canceled Merc doesn´t have any home race, neither in Germany nor in Britain and Malaysia.. :-)

      • + 0
      • Apr 7 2017 - 08:54
    • Yeah its down to money, but I also remember seeing an article here about how the officials want to help sponsor Malaysian drivers rather than fund the GP

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      • Apr 7 2017 - 09:28
    • Vet5

      Posts: 225

      Defo a shame seeing as this is 1 of the best technical tracks on the calendar!

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      • Apr 7 2017 - 10:29
    • Agreed, I will miss it.

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      • Apr 7 2017 - 12:44

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