Built in a stadium like manner, as part of plan to reboot Malaysia’s industrialization process in the 90’s, the circuit sits in a valley enabling one to see almost half the circuit at all times no matter where you sit. Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, inaugurated by its first F1 race back in 1999, is made of a combination of long high-speed straights and tight twisting complexes and hence stands out as one of the most technical and complicated F1 circuits.
- Track length 5,543km
- Amount of laps 56
- Race distance 310,408 km
- Number of turns 15
- Lap record time 1:34.223 – Juan-Pablo Montoya (2004)
Why the Malaysian Grand Prix?
Since 2001, the Malaysian Grand Prix has moved from the end of the championship schedule to the beginning. With many races heavily influenced by the winners and losers of the scramble for position into the tight double hairpin bend at the first corner, the overwhelming heat and humidity also play out as natural obstacles to the drivers and their cars, adding a pinch of spice to the competition. Thus it is a race that’s distinguishing the outstanding from the best drivers. Furthermore, Malaysia set in the heart of South East Asia gives you the opportunity to extend your trip to other countries in the region and Kuala Lumpur as a city has much to offer.
Kuala Lumpur Overview
- Population: 1,55 million
- Language: Bahasa Malayu, Chinese, English
- Currency: Ringitt
- Access :
Land at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport.
Take a taxi or the train to the capital, for a longer stay rent a car.
For direct access to the track, take a taxi or use the Sepang Omnibus, an airport shuttle transfer to the circuit.
Take advantage of the numerous luxury hotels at an affordable cost available in Kuala Lumpur! There are numerous international hotel chains available such as the Hilton, the Shangri-La or Swisshotel to name a few.
- Sightseeing and Activities
Malaysia is a country with a Muslim majority, as a result it is definitely worthwhile visiting the Islamic Arts Museum. Don’t forget to stop by the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the highest skyscrapers in the world, which, hence, stand as a global landmark! Malaysia boasts breathtaking beaches, it would be a real shame to have come that entire way and not indulged in the uniqueness of the heavenly landscape of the Langkawi beaches or even of the Penang Islands! Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown and Little India are also worth the visit!
Kuala Lumpur, like much of south East Asia is a mall town. Treat yourself to retail therapy at the reknown Golden Triangle or Daharan Merdeka shopping centers or even the luxury Stahill Gallery mall or the teenager’s Sungei Wang Plaza Mall if you’ve brought your children along!
With a reputation of being a food lover’s paradise, KL’s cultural diversity gives room to an astonishing array of ethnic foods. The best cuisine is found in the open air street s kitchens known as hawker centers. Travel through the food markets at Jalan Alor or Jalan Sultan Ismail and indulge in the region’s specialties such as wok-fried noodles, freshly steamed seafood and mouthwatering barbecued meat late in the night.
Dive into Kuala Lumpur’s buzzing nightlife! Sky Bar at the Traders Hotel will give you a spectacular view of the Pretonas Twin Towers at night, while No Black Tie is a hip bar that has grown into the city’s coolest and most eclectic night spots. The Street of Changkat Bukit Bintantg, is lined Velvet ropes replete with nightclubs and trendy bars, which know how to put on a good atmosphere!