Formula 1 could start all over in Malaysia

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on April 18 said the government intends to bring back the Formula One race due to the interest it has generated in the automotive industry among Malaysians as early as next year or 2021.

“We intend to bring back the Grand Prix, but I don’t know if it’s next year or the year after,” he said.

“The interest in the Grand Prix is still very big and we want to bring back the race here, because it has stimulated many Malaysians to go into the automotive industry,” he said.

Formula One could return to Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit, with the prospect of Supercars joining them as a support category not ruled out.

Mahathir pointed out that although the Sepang International Circuit no longer hosted international races, it was still a hive of activity as it was a venue for avid car and motorcycle lovers to pursue their interest. He said he believed that the Grand Prix would attract many spectators if it was held again.

“We will be able to get spectators, more than 100,000 people and that will be worthwhile for us. Besides, when we have the Grand Prix, the television stations will broadcast this all over the world, bringing about 200 million viewers,” he said.

The Sepang International Circuit had hosted the Malaysian Grand Prix, which is part of the F1 World Championship, from 1999 to 2017. The previous administration under former prime minister Najib Razak had scrapped the event, citing declining returns.

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on April 18 said the government intends to bring back the Formula One race due to the interest it has generated in the automotive industry among Malaysians as early as next year or 2021. “We intend to bring back the Grand Prix, but I don’t know if it’s next year or the year after,” he said. “The interest in the Grand Prix is still very big and we want to bring back the race here, because it has stimulated many Malaysians to go into the automotive industry,” he said. Formula One could return to Malaysia...

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on April 18 said the government intends to bring back the Formula One race due to the interest it has generated in the automotive industry among Malaysians as early as next year or 2021.

“We intend to bring back the Grand Prix, but I don’t know if it’s next year or the year after,” he said.

“The interest in the Grand Prix is still very big and we want to bring back the race here, because it has stimulated many Malaysians to go into the automotive industry,” he said.

Formula One could return to Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit, with the prospect of Supercars joining them as a support category not ruled out.

Mahathir pointed out that although the Sepang International Circuit no longer hosted international races, it was still a hive of activity as it was a venue for avid car and motorcycle lovers to pursue their interest. He said he believed that the Grand Prix would attract many spectators if it was held again.

“We will be able to get spectators, more than 100,000 people and that will be worthwhile for us. Besides, when we have the Grand Prix, the television stations will broadcast this all over the world, bringing about 200 million viewers,” he said.

The Sepang International Circuit had hosted the Malaysian Grand Prix, which is part of the F1 World Championship, from 1999 to 2017. The previous administration under former prime minister Najib Razak had scrapped the event, citing declining returns.

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