Sepang Malaysia circuit looking for upgrade
April 21, 2010
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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.