SEPANG: An international concert held within the Sepang F1 Circuit will spice up the proceedings for the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix.
The International Motorsports Federation (FIA) gave the green light yesterday to the race organisers, Sepang International Circuit (SIC), to stage the special concert immediately after the race on March 20.
The FIA safety delegate, Charlie Whiting, was here yesterday for an inspection of the track. After a two-hour check, he expressed satisfaction with the preparations made for the Malaysian GP, which is the second leg of the World Championships.
The SIC general manager, Ahmad Mustafa said that Whiting also gave the go-ahead for the concert to take place.
The concert will be held at the open area between Turn 10 and 11, said Ahmad.
Basically, he has asked us to put up guard rails and tyre walls around the stage area. He also requested that the safety fences be raised from three to five metres.
Whiting is also happy with the resurfacing work that we had done for Turn 4 and Turn 12. He has no complaint about the condition of the track.
Ahmad said that it would be the first time in seven editions of the GP that the SIC would have a concert within the circuit. Previous concerts were held outside the circuit.
The open area for the concert faces Hillstand C, which includes a stretch of covered area. The area can accommodate more than 20,000 spectators.
The concert is one of the new things that we are introducing for this years event, said Ahmad.
He added that the concert would feature top international and local artistes and the SIC would name them later.
The concert, which is free for all GP ticket holders, will start immediately after the podium ceremony. It is also part of our traffic management strategy to help ensure smooth traffic flow after the race, said Ahmad.
The SIC are targeting 120,000 spectators for the race this year. The biggest turnout was recorded two years ago with an attendance of 101,455 spectators.
The World Championships this year feature a record 19 races and the season opener is in Melbourne on March 6.