SEPANG: Second Minister of Finance Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis is pleased with what he saw at the Sepang F1 Circuit yesterday and believes that the fifth edition of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix this weekend will be the best-ever yet.
“I am very pleased with all the preparations and changes which have been made up for the GP,” he said.
“At this point, preparations are almost 99% complete. The ones to be sorted out are some electronics equipment, which have just come in.
“But I do not foresee any problem here. Everything will be in place soon.”
Early this year, it was announced that the circuit would be sold to the Ministry of Finance.
The circuit owners, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), said that they were in the process of finalising an agreement to sell the track to the Ministry of Finance for RM389.35million as part of a deal to offset the concession fees due to the government.
Jamaluddin also said that he was happy with the promotional efforts done by the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
“As of yesterday, about 70,000 tickets have been sold. This figure is twice the number of tickets that were sold at the corresponding period for last year's race,” he said.
“I believe ticket sales will improve further this weekend. The SIC Board have introduced new ideas to help boost ticket sales.
“Instead of just coming for the F1 race in the afternoon, there are a host of activities from the morning this time. There will also be three support races to gives added value to ticket buyers.”
He hoped that all the efforts made, Malaysia would win the Best Organised F1 race award again.
Malaysia were the winners of the prestigious FIA award when they hosted the F1 GP for the first time in 1999.