PETALING JAYA: The aerial acrobatic display by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), which was a feature of the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix until 2004, will make a comeback.
It is just one of the events planned to help hype up this year’s edition taking place this weekend as the race promoters, Sepang International Circuit (SIC), kick-start the activities by unveiling the trophies for the podium winners yesterday.
The trophies to be handed out on race day are designed by Royal Selangor.
The SIC chief executive officer, Razlan Razali, felt that there were still many areas that could be exploited to reap in greater benefits, especially with the entry of Malaysia’s own Lotus Racing in the F1 world championships.
“Like the composition of the competing drivers, off-track events in support of Malaysian GP would also be a combination of old and new,” he said.
“We are also having the children’s pit walkabout for the first time. This will be happening on Friday. Entry to the circuit and the pit lane is free for adults if they are accompanied by their children. This is to engage children and youths in F1 and to get them closer and more personal to the sport.
“We will also have special lucky draws for ticket holders only. We are balloting 10 pairs of passes for the ticket holders to upgrade their current tickets to paddock club passes worth RM15,000 on Saturday.”
The SIC also conducted the ballot draw to pick 12 students between the ages of seven and 14 to get up close and personal with the drivers.
The 12 students chosen were Hafiy Danish Arman (Lotus), Mahathir Mohamed (McLaren), Waliuddin Akmal Noor Ramli (Virgin), Natalie Louisa Neoh Terlee (Williams), Nur Syafiqah Farisha ( Ferrari), Syauqina Firdus (Hispania), Omar Sirisambhand (Red Bull), Reyysmaan Aruddaiyar (Torro Rosso), Badrish Isdin Bahadur (Force India), Nazim Azman (BMW Sauber), Nigel Choy (Renault) and Nur Farah Hadfina Faizal (Mercedes GP).
The 12 will have the opportunity to ask one team a question at 2.30pm at the starting grid on race day.