LONDON, UK, April 18 – The new Managing Director of Sepan International Circuit in Malaysia, Azhan Shafriman Hanif, is open to the idea of Formula 1 returning to the country.
The Malaysian Grand Prix first appeared on the Formula 1 calendar in 1999, with the first race won by Eddie Irvine while leading a Ferrari one-two ahead of Michael Schumacher.
The race would continue in Formula 1 until 2017, with Max Verstappen winning the final stage for Red Bull – after which the Malaysian Grand Prix would be scrapped due to declining financial returns.
Azhan Shafriman has however confirmed that he would like to see Formula 1 racing in Malaysia again due to the branding involved, but it is not a straightforward process as there are many factors to consider.
“This (welcoming F1 again) is not my top priority at the moment, but if the opportunity arises and the offer is good, I am very supportive of this idea because this (F1) event brings the part of Malaysia’s mark, “he reportedly told Bernama, quoted by Malaymail.com.
“Let’s say if we agree to host the F1 race for a longer period of time, we will have a discussion with the government because the accommodation costs are not cheap and the money we spend must also be worthy of the government. and fans. ”
Two new races were to join the Formula 1 calendar for 2020 but are now suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hanoi Street circuit will host F1’s first Vietnam Grand Prix once it is rescheduled, while the Dutch Grand Prix awaits its return to a redesigned Zandvoort circuit which now features banked corners.