Formula 1 News

Ecclestone says Malaysia GP needs 'paint job

The F1 boss is keen to extend the contract for the race at Sepang past 2015.
Saturday, March 23, 2013

March 23rd, 2013 (AFP) - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has backed the Malaysian Grand Prix to continue past its current contract but said the tired Sepang circuit needed a "paint job", a report said Saturday.

Ecclestone said he had "no dramas" with Malaysia's Formula One grand prix, now into its 15th edition, but organisers needed to complete their ongoing, multi-year refurbishment of the racetrack near Kuala Lumpur.

"They need to finish what they started. It is obviously not the same as Singapore. Maybe because they don't spend the money," he said in a telephone interview, according to The Star.

Malaysia joined the Formula One circuit in 1999 but it has been outshone by the glitzy race in neighbouring Singapore, held at night on a street circuit snaking past major landmarks, which debuted in 2008.

Ecclestone, 82, also said organisers needed to attract bigger crowds to Sepang, which is about an hour's drive from the capital. But he welcomed the prospect of Malaysia extending beyond its current contract, which expires in 2015.

"Of course. As long as they want us," Ecclestone said. "They do a very, very good job. And it is a good circuit, I think. There are no dramas and all the people are very nice and good to deal with."

The race has top-level backing in Malaysia with Prime Minister Najib Razak saying it had created thousands of jobs and attracted large numbers of tourists.

"The event has proved to be a good investment," he said in the event's official programme. "Over the course of this grand prix weekend, 100,000 spectators will come to the country." 

Your Comments

 

Formula 1 News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ferrari confirms exit for Tombazis, Fry

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Horner says Kvyat has 'Raikkonen mindset'

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nielsen named Williams sporting manager

F1plusStore

F1 Standings

Drivers
Teams
1 Lewis Hamilton 384
2 Nico Rosberg 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo 238
4 Valtteri Bottas 186
5 Sebastian Vettel 167
6 Fernando Alonso 159
1 Mercedes 701
2 Red Bull Racing 405
3 Williams F1 320
4 Ferrari 214
5 McLaren 187
6 Sahara Force India 152

View complete standings table »

F1plusStore

Last F1 Race

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit
1
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2
Felipe Massa
Williams F1
3
Valtteri Bottas
Williams F1
Fastest Lap

Daniel Ricciardo
1'44.496s

Pole Position

Nico Rosberg

View all »

 

Follow Us