GO TO THE MALAYSIAN GP
& photos: Nish | Venue: Sepang F1 Circuit, Malaysia
In our build up article
I said that I had been dying to do the Malaysian Grand Prix again
ever since we did it in 2004. It was a trip we all thoroughly
enjoyed, but while I remembered why I loved the east, I had to
be reminded why I hated the East.
For those who haven't been there, 30 degrees is a cool day. Temperatures
soar to 36 degrees with a "real feel" of 40 degrees.
You shower at your hotel, leave the hotel, cross the road and
you'll need another shower.
The heat at this year's Malaysian Grand Prix was no exception,
but one thing we were thankful for is that it didn't rain.
We arrived early on race day and walked around in the Mall Area.
This is normally where teams and sponsors have cars on display.
Everyone has access to the Mall area no matter where you are seated,
but the mall area eventually leads to Main Straight and back straight
Team merchandise is Very Very Expensive with caps, T-shirts and
Pit Shirts costing R600 up to a staggering R1200 Plus.
Being the second race of the season the race is bound to be unpredictable
... another reason to attend.
In our case we were convinced that Mercedes would walk the race
based on pre-season testing and the Australian Grand Prix. Thankfully
we were mistaken, with Sebastiaan Vetted giving Mercedes a long
awaited wake up call.
Alot of anti-Hamster fans were quick to point out that as soon
things weren't going his way he threw a tantrum. This is what
champions do guys. Let's not be quick to forget how Vettel and
Alonso did the very same thing as soon as things didn't go their
way. Hell, let's not forget how Schumi and even Senna used to
throw their toys out of the cot ... and often.
It's the way these guys are bred from a very young age. They are
programmed to win, sometimes at all cost. The only difference
these days is that it's in our faces via pit radio, instant replays
and live interviews during and immediately after the race.
Onto the elephant in the room, McLaren Honda, bloody hell they're
bad. I didn't expect them to win off the bat, but to be fighting
for 18th place… that I didn't expect. I just hope they don't
throw in the towel too quickly like Honda did the year before
the BAR car went onto winning the championship in2009. Mind you,
they did use a Mercedes engine then. (Damnit, I am giving Honda
bashers too much info here).
All in all a great race to attend for any F1 Fan. It's definitely
one of the most affordable GP's to attend. Just come prepared
for the heat and daily hour long torrential downpours and you'll
Tips for future Malaysian GP Attendees.
- To travel to and from the GP, take a Mono Rail / Taxi to KL
Sentral Station. From there you can buy a GP package which utilises
the Express Train to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)
after which you will be bussed to Sepang Circuit. You could opt
for a taxi to do this trip but be prepared for traffic and lots
- For leaving the Grand Prix, do one of two things, either leave
early before the race is done or stay a bit later after the Grand
Prix. They normally have an after party at the track which includes
a Concert so there are plenty of things to do.
- Buy your tickets early. Tickets purchased directly from the
track before the 1st of January (the GP is in March) are sold
at a 50% discounted rate. This can mean the difference between
crap affordable seats or decent discounted seats.
- Google will tell you that the best most affordable seats are
located in the "K1" Grandstands. I had previously sat
on the Back Straight and managed to check out the views from the
main straight as well and I have to agree with Google. The K1
Seats offer you a view of the main straight with overtaking /
out braking into Turn 1, a big screen directly opposite the stands
and views of Turn 2, 3 and Turn 4 into the distance.
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