Themed Experience Redef1ned, the 2016 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix was officially launched on 2 August, graced by PETRONAS Senior General Manager of Group Strategic Communications Zahariah Abd Rahman and Sepang International Circuit CEO Dato’ Razlan Razali. Continuing the family oriented theme this year, F1 fans can look forward to an exciting line-up of activities and new experiences leading up to, during the race weekend, and also post-race.
Into its 18th consecutive edition, SIC’s hosting of the world’s premier four-wheel motor racing championship for 2016 was rescheduled, as announced earlier, to slot immediately after Singapore’s glitzy and glamorous night race – the 16th grand prix out of this year’s 21-race calendar, an F1 season which features more rounds than any other in F1 history, surpassing the previous benchmark of 20 from 2012.
This year’s F1 Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang will also feature both the GP2 and GP3 – feeder series for the F1. While the Asia GP2 series was held in Sepang in 2012 and 2013, this is the first time spectators in Sepang will be able to catch the global GP2 and GP3 live at the track. This is also the first year the Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix and the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix are held within the span of a month – making it a full Month of Motorsports in October.
GP2 & GP3 excitement
This season, Nabil Jeffri, the youngest ever driver to test an F1 car aged 16 in 2010, is racing with British team Arden International. In his rookie GP2 season, Nabil has found his experience a great learning curve and his world-class competition has been challenging to the 22-year-old. Nabil earned 2 points from his 7th place finish in Baku, Azerbaijan in the Grand Prix of Europe and is currently 21st on the points table. Recently, at the German Grand Prix, Nabil achieved 11th place in Race 1 but after a collision in Race 2, was found to be in error and penalised three grid positions for the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix. He will also see action in Italy before his home race here in Malaysia at the end of September.
Meanwhile, Akash Neil Nandy, 19, is racing with the Swiss team Jenzer Motorsports in GP3. Like his older compatriot, this recipient of the 2016 McMillan Woods Rising Star Award in the Chequered Flag of the Year category, is also in his rookie season. Also like Nabil, Akash has been working hard at garnering experience and getting a feel of the various circuits around the world. Although he crashed and flipped his car at the Hungarian Grand Prix, both driver and car bounced back and achieved 13th and 16th place in Race 1 and Race 2 respectively in the German Grand Prix. Akash too will be racing in the Belgian and Italian Grand Prix before making his way to Malaysia.
Activities & attractions galore
The activity line-up for the Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix is a mix of fan favourites and new experiences. The Drivers’ Autograph Session, Malaysian School Pit Lane Walk, Drivers Fan Forum, XTrack for all ages showcasing motorsports-themed thrills such as drifting, rallying, go-karting, ATV rides, the Strider Cup, mini golf, a Driving School for the kids and an array of other exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Mall Area will feature an awe-inspiring showcase of supercars, an F1 Gamezone with the latest enhanced simulator machines, an F1 Village with shopping opportunities, and much more – it’s everything a fan could want. Race day will also feature a classic car parade with the F1 Drivers, Supercar convoy and air show.
Leading up to race week, SIC is organising fun activities including live viewing sessions of F1 races complete with contests and a 50% discount on tickets. New this year is a special F1 Tour that allows fans to get up close to an F1 car. It travels from Singapore right after the F1 Singapore Grand Prix with pit stops in Johor, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur, giving the public the opportunity to learn and experience the wonders behind F1 racing. Other not-to-be missed race week activities are the City Meet and Greet and F1 City Parties, and a preview of the exciting After-race Concert headlined by Usher.
Win fan experiences on Facebook
This year, SIC is organising a series of special contests on Facebook that offer fans exclusive opportunities to engage with the race. The prizes include an exclusive viewing experience of the race from the VIP box and Main Grandstand tickets. Be sure to follow SIC on Facebook and Instagram to keep track of the various competitions.
Ticket packages for all
This year, fans can enjoy watching the race from the Team Tribune. With the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Tribune sold out recently, fans can still opt for the FERRARI or the REDBULL RACING Formula One Team Tribune. You’ll get a return trip on an executive coach from Nu Sentral to Sepang, as well as a meal served by hostesses and team merchandise. At the circuit, be seated at a special Tribune zone with other fans of the same team. Look out for your favourite drivers – they might be stopping by to say hello to their number one fans at the Tribune, from the track. Cheer them on from the best view in front of the team pits.
If you’re a fan of Usher, get a seat at the Star Stand for priority viewing of the concert and a great view of the circuit during the race. You’ll also have the convenience of food trucks set up at the Star Stand area, in addition to other amenities.
Tickets for the 2016 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix are priced from RM169.60 – with tickets ranging from RM360.40 to RM1,876.20 for seats in the Main Grandstand, RM466.40 for the Tower, RM296.80 and RM699.60 for Grandstands F and K1 respectively, and RM169.60 for the C2 Hillstand. Star Stand tickets are available at RM183.38. There are various ticket packages with exclusive merchandise available for purchase. More luxurious options are available, including the Formula One Paddock Club, various Corporate Suites and hospitality lounges, although Platinum Club Suite passes are sold out. The VIP Team Tribune pass is available for RM2,459.20.
Child tickets for children aged 7 to 12 are available with up to 50% price reduction, while disabled* spectators can also purchase tickets at 50% off for accessible seating zones. The public can also pre-purchase F&B package options for RM26.50 for extra convenience during the race weekend.