Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:24

The Bahrain International Circuit is one of two tracks hosting an F1 round in the Middle East. Unlike it's Abu Dhabi neighbour, the on-track action in Bahrain will appeal to the purists thanks to a layout that is more favourable to proper wheel-to wheel racing.

Aside from the recent political unrest, the event has suffered from a poor image due to low attendance in the grandstands. What is less known is that the grand prix takes place on a working day in Bahrain and a move to a 6pm race start should allow more workers to get to the circuit after a day at the office. Additionally, the cars look magnificent under the floodlights, the facilities are top notch and it is one of the few grands prix where you do not need to pack your rain gear for the weekend.

Tower and Turn 1 Grandstand - Image: Ferrari S.p.A

The grand prix is country's the sporting highlight of the year and the 2014 edition takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th April. Support races will feature the first round of the GP2 calendar and include the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Off-track activities include performing artists, dancers, musicians, a children/family area and an F1 Game Zone. Avicii and The Scorpions are scheduled to perform on the Saturday night.

Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:50

The Malaysian round of the championship takes place at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur. It's 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.

It has the cheapest tickets on the calendar and is competitively priced against other grands prix 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.

Unlike the semi-street circuit of Melbourne, it is possible to see as much as half of the circuit from your seat, and the view from most grandstands is very good. The track features several fast sweeping bends which give the cars a noticeable rhythm that is a pleasure to drive or to watch.

K1 Grandstand - PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC'H / DPPI for Renault Sport F1

As far as the support races are concerned, the GP2 Series no longer features on the program, however, the schedule once again includes the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. There will also be a concert after the race, headlined this year by Calvin Harris.

KL is developing at such an impressive pace that it is probably worth of a yearly visit. The atmosphere during the weekend is festive and charming thanks to its diverse mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. The city is also making a name for itself as a major 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 grandiose Petronas Twin Towers is almost compulsory.

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