Sepang Malaysia circuit looking for upgrade

The Sepang International Circuit

The Sepang International Circuit

The Sepang International Circuit is looking for a major upgrade to the circuit in the next year or so. Despite being only 11 years old, parts of the track need major overhaul.

The circuit boss, Razlan Razali, has said that they are searching for investors to upgrade the track facilities in the upcoming year, which should cost around €42m. He said:

"Unfortunately after three to four years, the track was not 
very well maintained. There are areas of the grandstand and 
the paddock where it leaks during a storm. We experience power 
trips and mechanical and electrical woes. We need a major 
overhaul and refurbishment.

The flat roof above the paddock is also leaking. We are 
fighting a losing battle to repair the leaks. We need to 
bring back Sepang's glory days. I hope we can secure about 
180 million ringgit over the next five years from the 
government to carry out a major overhaul and refurbishment.

Our track needs to be on par with Bahrain and Shanghai. I 
am not afraid of Malaysia losing Formula One spectators. 
I am more concerned about providing better hospitality 
services and how to generate additional revenue."

I'm actually surprised that parts of the circuit need doing up, as the pit lane still has some of the best facilities in the world. Still, I heard of many complaints after the 2009 Malaysian GP, where the rain from the storms was going through the grandstands. Since the Malaysian Grand Prix doesn't seem to be under threat any time soon, I'd say they should get the renovations done soon enough.

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