The Malaysian Grand Prix will be dropped from the F1 calendar after 2017, the organisers of the race have taken a joint decision along with FOM.
Doubts were cast over the future of the race last year when country’s sport minister said he has no plans to extend the current contract, which runs until 2018.
However, it has turned out that 2017 will be the last year when Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit will host a Formula 1 race.
Declining ticket sales, close proximity to Singapore, and a bigger fan following for MotoGP have been cited as key reasons behind the move.
“It’s always sad to say goodbye to a member of the Formula 1 family,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, Formula 1. “Over nearly two decades, the Malaysian Formula 1 fans have proven themselves to be some of the sport’s most passionate supporters.
“As we said in Melbourne, we have big plans for bringing our global fan base closer to the sport than ever before, providing an enhanced digital experience and creating new events. We’re looking forward to talking more about these plans as the season progresses.
“We will have 21 exciting events to look forward to in the 2018 calendar, with the additions of the French and German races. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Sepang International Circuit for their hospitality and professionalism over the years, and their ongoing commitment to motorsport.”
Malaysia was the first breed of new F1 circuits, having joined the calendar in 1998.
by Rachit Thukral