Home > Sport > Motorsport
Thursday March 27, 2014 MYT 4:29:00 PM
Friday March 28, 2014 MYT 1:56:26 AM
by lim teik huat
A technician checks the temperature of the track ahead of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit on March 27, 2014. – AFP Photo
SEPANG: The Formula One community will come together to observe a minute of silence at the Petronas Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix at Sepang this weekend as a show of respect for the passengers and crew of the ill-fated flight MH370.
The one-minute silence will be observed before the start of the race with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone at the starting grid with the drivers.
All the teams have agreed to display stickers bearing the flight number MH370 on the side of their helmets for the race this weekend.
With the nation still in mourning, the atmosphere for this year’s Malaysian GP will certainly not be as hyped up as before.
Sepang International Circuit chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali also revealed to The Star on Thursday that ticket sales were down by half over the corresponding week before the race and it will be hard to improve on the previous record attendance of 123,000 spectators.
”Ticket sales are not great. We have sold around 60,000 tickets since the start of the week and this may be due to the distraction because of the tragedy, but people are not in the mood to celebrate, really,” he said.
Razlan added the circuit would be putting up banners for fans to write their messages of tribute to the missing MH370 passengers and crew.
”We are also looking into the possibility of having one tribute wall in the paddock for the F1 community.
”Pending approval from the FIA (Formula One’s governing body), some of the cars will be sporting the Malaysian flag on their cars.
”We have also decided to cancel the acrobatic jet show involving four jets by Kris Sakti (of the Royal Malaysian Air Force) on Sunday.
”It would have been awesome as it was going to be the first time the public would see the Kris Sakti team in action.
”But it is not appropriate if we have such a performance at this time,” he added.
However, Razlan confirmed all other programmes and activities organised for the F1 event including the post-race concert featuring top DJ Calvin Harris will continue as scheduled albeit scaled down.
Tags / Keywords:
motorsport, Malaysian Grand Prix, Malaysian GP, Formula One, Sepang International Circuit, Razlan Razali, FIA, MH370
Weiron in the points again in Canada
Free and easy at Sepang circuit
Win Airbnb stay at Sepang International Circuit for Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix
Tis’ the season to get discounted tickets at SIC
Muizzuddin to be first Asian honoured as World Series Karting champion
Rossi takes pole in Dutch MotoGP
Mosley says F1 heading for major crisis
Hamilton hoping for a pot of gold at Silverstone
Hamilton gets his hands on a proper trophy
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
Just like mother’s cooking
Paying off Greece's debt – via crowd-funding
Catholic Church should not have 'leaders for life', Pope says
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)