KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia intends to bring back the Formula One race as there is still much interest in the sport, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir, however, did not mention exactly when the race could make a comeback.
“We intend to bring back the F1 but I don’t know if it’s next year or the year after.
“But the interest in F1 is still very big and we want to bring back the race here because it has stimulated many Malaysians to go into the automotive industry,” said Dr Mahathir when speaking at the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce luncheon here yesterday.
Dr Mahathir said that despite not hosting the international race, Sepang is still busy.
“Lots of people come, race there, (they) have motorcycle races there.”
Dr Mahathir also felt that by having the F1 again, there will be many spectators.
“We’ll be able to get spectators, more than 100,000 people and that will be worthwhile for us. Besides, when we have the race, the television stations will broadcast this all over the world, bringing about 200 million viewers,” he said, adding that it was good advertisement for Malaysia.
In 2017, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that Malaysia would stop hosting the race.
Najib then said the decision was made due to a significant decline of returns since Malaysia hosted the event in 1999.