Malaysia to host its final F1 race in 2017


This year’s Malaysian Grand Prix will be the country’s final F1 race after a mutual agreement between F1 and the Sepang International Circuit.

Malaysia first played host to F1 in 1999, a race won by Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine.

Although Sepang had a contract in place that would run through to 2018, F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches has confirmed that the circuit will host its final grand prix this season.

“It’s always sad to say goodbye to a member of the Formula 1 family,” Bratches said.

“Over nearly two decades, the Malaysian Formula 1 fans have proven themselves to be some of the sport’s most passionate supporters.

“As we said in Melbourne, we have big plans for bringing our global fan base closer to the sport than ever before, providing an enhanced digital experience and creating new events.

“We’re looking forward to talking more about these plans as the season progresses.

“We will have 21 exciting events to look forward to in the 2018 calendar, with the additions of the French and German races.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Sepang International Circuit for their hospitality and professionalism over the years, and their ongoing commitment to motorsport.”