07 April 2017 06:38
Sepang International Circuit and Formula One Management have announced that 2017 will be the last year of Formula 1 in Malaysia.
Since its debut in 1999, the circuit in Sepang has helped develop a passion for motorsport in Malaysia and develop tourism in the country. However, a joint-decision between the circuit and F1 bosses, means that this season will be the last time the country hosts Formula 1 for the foreseeable future. The circuit have said they will make sure the final race is a fitting finale.
The change is part of a shake-up for F1 that new owners Liberty Media have promised. As part of the announcement, it was also revealed there will be 21 races on the 2018 calendar. Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, Formula 1 stated "“We will have 21 exciting events to look forward to in the 2018 calendar, with the additions of the French and German races.”