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Written by Damien Marquez   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:18
 
There has been some significant changes in the last few days if you want to attend a grand prix in Asia. The departing cities concerned are London, Paris, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sydney.
 
AirAsia, one of our favourite airlines and Asia's largest low cost carrier, has made a couple of major announcements in the last few days.
 
First, the good news. AirAsia will start direct flights from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur from mid-2012. The airline has been trying to service Sydney for the last four years but was denied this right by the Malaysian government for fear that this would hinder Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier. Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's CEO. has been able to take a share in Malaysia Airlines as part of negotiations over ownership of the Lotus name in F1.
 
Living in Sydney and thinking of attending the Singapore GP? Return flights start from about $320 + extras (baggage allowance, meals, entertainment, etc).
 
 
Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:00

Why go?

Korea is a fairly new destination as far as Grand Prix racing is concerned, which will appeal to those looking for something different from the more 'western style' events.

The inaugural race started with a huge amount of confidence from the organisers despite the Korea International Circuit (KIC) putting finishing touches to its top-notch facilities (the paddock especially) up until the start of the weekend.

The bad publicity it received in the press in 2011 was more to do with lack of decent accommodation and efficient transport which had a knock on effect on spectator numbers. In addition, there were little sign of improvements (or any activity) from the previous year. However, with the grandstands estimated as being only 40% full*, it allows you to move around and watch the action from several spots (allowing for usher leniency).

The low attendance figures also increase your chances to take part in the pit walk on Friday and Saturday (only available to 1000 ticket holders) or to attend the driver autograph sessions. Think of this grand prix as China minus the red tape.

So far, the circuit has produced two exciting F1 races and its design has provided drivers with real passing opportunities, mostly at turns 1, 3 and 4.

Main Grandstand (Image: Sauber Motorsport AG)

 
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