Form a strong motorsports base for F1, says former racer

Yoong says more needs to be done to draw the public’s interest if F1 makes a comeback to Malaysia.

if THE Government plans to bring back the Formula One (F1) racing championship, the parties involved must establish a solid motorsports base.

Former F1 driver Alex Yoong said it would be impossible to attract the interest of local motorsports fans if no initiative was taken to promote the prestigious event.

Yoong claimed that only Sepang International Circuit (SIC) did a great job of organising motorsports events in the country, to attract local motorsports fans for the past several years.

“In the 1990s, local motorsports was very strong. SIC is doing a great job but it is only one venue and it is very hard for people to go there. We need more venues.

“If F1 comes back into the country and no great activities are organised, it will not grow as motorsports involves fans,” Yoong told reporters when responding to news reports on a proposal to bring back the race to Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently said the Government intended to bring back the F1 race due to the interest it had generated among Malaysians, but he did not mention when it would be making its return to the country.

SIC hosted the Malaysian Grand Prix, which is part of the F1 World Championship, from 1999 to 2017.

The previous administration had scrapped the event, citing declining returns. — Bernama

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