The future of the Malaysian Grand Prix is under threat with organisers considering dropping the F1 race from the calendar.
Malaysia first made it to the F1 map in 1999, when it became one of the first few Asian countries to adopt the single-seater spectacle. It has regularly featured on the calendar since then, with the current contract extending until 2018.
However, the organisers seem reluctant to continue hosting F1, citing falling viewership and rising license fees.
This year’s race, which was moved to October, pulled a 60% crowd, with ticket sales falling 10% from last year.
"Maybe it will do Malaysia good to take a break," Sepang International Circuit's chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali was quoted by the New Straits Times. "I think the product is no longer exciting. It's being dominated by one team."
A meeting between the organisers and the ministry of finance is expected to be held this Thursday on the eve of the Malaysian MotoGP race.
by Rachit Thukral