The Malaysian round of the championship takes place near Kuala Lumpur at the Sepang International Circuit on the 27-28-29 March 2015. It will be the first time of the year cars compete on a purpose-built F1 track and the perfect place to find out who's hot and who's not.
With its contract up for renewal, it might be the last opportunity to attend a grand prix at bargain prices. The Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix has the most affordable tickets on the calendar and it is competitively priced against other F1 race weekends in the region. Accommodation, transport and food costs are relatively low compared to most western countries. KL is also the hub for AirAsia, a leading low cost carrier in the Asia-Pacific region.
K1 Grandstand - Image: Ferrari S.p.A
Another reason to go is the unparalleled views from most grandstands and other various vantage points around the track. Unlike the semi-street circuit of Melbourne, it is possible to see as much as half of the circuit from your seat or hillstand (similar to general admission). The track features several fast sweeping bends which give the cars a noticeable rhythm that is a pleasure to drive or to watch.
Support series no longer features GP2 or Porsche Carrera Cup Asia rounds and instead the organisers are focusing on off-track activities. Promoters are taking advantage of the reduced noise levels of F1 cars to market the event towards families so expect to see a water course cool zone, a ferris wheel and other family friendly activities. That said, there will be a couple of domestic touring car series on track between F1 sessions. Lenny Kravitz had to cancel his after the race concert and a couple of K-pop bands will perform at the helipad stage instead on Sunday.
The atmosphere in KL during the weekend is festive and charming thanks to its diverse mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. The city is still developing rapidly making it another reason for visiting frequently, whether for the F1 or MotoGP weekends. KL is a popular shopping destination and has a huge selection of cuisines to choose from. If this is your first time in KL, a trip to KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) to see the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers is almost compulsory.
Hello and welcome to 2015!
We're only 4 weeks away from winter testing and it won't be long before we go racing at the Albert Park in Melbourne. Here's the link to the revised and expanded guide:
Lewis Hamilton in Australia - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
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