Grand Prix Formula 1, Kuala Lumpur
Although I have not yet attended this once a year event I am planning to come for the race in 2008. It turns out I was one month early this year.
If you will be around during race weekend 2008 let me know.
Formula 1 at KL is an amazing experience. This ultra modern country has delivered a truely amazing track where the F1 race is held. It's been the first race ever for me to have attended and it's even better then the one in China which has only started to be held in 2004.
What is so special about the track:
1 From the seats I held which was Silver at the end of the straight looking onto the starting grid is an amazing spot to view a big piece of the track. Secondly the cars are nearly stopping in front of you giving you a great view.
2 The transportation from and to the track by Peterson Travel was easy quick and never did we have a traffic jam which we hit
3 On race day don't miss your scheduled bus departure as going by train and bus is so crowded, people were litterly hanging out of the bus on their way to the track
4 Bring lots of drinks and food with you as it is very hot on the track especialy if you are not in the shade
Last year we made a special trip to KL to attend the Grand Prix. Transport is well organised from Central Station with trains and buses running to the track frequently, probably took 2 hours to get there, arriving 3 hrs before the race began. Unfortunately during the race their was problems with the big screen so we were unable to see what was happening on the other side of the track, also the sound system was inaudible and most spectators around me had no idea of the race order. when the race finished we rushed to the exit in order to catch the earliest transport back, but even this took 5 hours, arriving back at our hostel at 10 pm. It was a hot day so we took plenty of water and snacks with us, only to find out that on entering the track everyone was searched and their snacks were confiscated, mountains of food and water were left outside each entrance. Luckily we could buy water inside for 5 ringit ( 400% more than outside), also burgers and other snacks were available at the inflated price of 30 ringit. (at the end of the race those were being sold at a lot less as there was a lot of food left over). After the expense of the air-fare, and the entrance we probably will not attend the race in KL again, so if you intend to go there think twice, better to watch on tv.
Meet the newest Formula 1 driver on the scene!
Me- at a Sauber-Petronas simulator, at the base of Petronas towers.
Quite a crowd looking on... especially the two kids at the back, who cheered me on as i `raced':P
An Indian driver finally made it to f1 this season. Narain Karthikeyan, long on the sidelines, finally thru to drive for Jordan. Had met with a moderate level of success this far, and has had much media attention coming his way...
In India- he makes the front pages even on days that India-Pakistan cricket is on, which is saying something!
2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur) * 03 - 05 Apr
Ticket starts from US$25 to $550.
Probably one of the best F1 circuits and most affordable...
Equipment: Bring your hat/cap/sun tan lotion and drink lots of water
Yeah, yeah ... at this section maybe I use "power" as a journo in field of automotive-sport related. But well, watching F1 is something great. Not only the race and the track itself, but the probability to meet the legends! Like Sir Sterling Moss or Jackie Stewart [and 4 years ago, Alain Prost also present himself!!!] at hospitality of F1 teams. Here I took picture with Sir Jackie [thanks for Yura who help me to take this picture. His brother was working as a chef at F1 Team and we meet at McLaren hospitality. PS: where are you now, Yura? Miss you ;)]
Equipment: Sublock, capri trousers, baseball cap, mineral water, umbrella .. since the temperature more than 30 degrees Celcius!
Take a look at Sepang Formula one circuit. Here you see the grand-stand (picture taken while driving)