Malaysia Rejects Night Race – Moves Times Back
Malaysian Grand Prix organisers have rejected proposals to turn Sepang into a night race similar to that in Singapore.
Despite the successes of last weekend’s event, Sepang doesn’t want to invest huge sums of money to get the track ready for such an event, which would happen once a year.
Instead, they have reached a comprimise and the race will now start at 5pm local time, instead of 3pm. This means that a UK GMT viewer would see the race at 10am instead of 8am.
“It will still be daylight and about 7pm when the new race finishes and for fans in Europe and Britain, it would be about 10am. We are not going to lose out,” Sepang International Circuit chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir told the Malaysian Star newspaper
“The lighting costs quite a bit and this is an effort to keep the cost of F1 in Malaysia down. And Bernie Ecclestone has agreed.”