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For the first time in four years, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) – promoter and organiser of the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix - has recommended for motor racing fans in India to adjust their travelling plans to Sepang, which will be hosting Round 2 of the World Championship in March.
Dato’ Razlan Razali, chief executive officer, SIC, said, “With a home team – the Sahara Force India F1 Team, flying the national flag, Indian fans would, want to be at the circuit to cheer their home.
Sepang would be the perfect venue to provide that support in the absence of the Indian Grand Prix this year. “Not just because of the abundance in numbers of flights provided by Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia to and from various Indian destinations flying directly to Sepang, Malaysia would also be lining up plenty of other attractions for the Indian tourists to enjoy in conjunction with the current Visit Malaysia Year celebrations,” added Razali. While Malaysia Airlines flies to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi, Air Asia’s destinations include Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata
and Tiruchirappalli. Though operating from two separate airports – KLIA for Malaysia Airlines and LCCT for Air Asia, both airports are in close proximity to the racing track.
Fielding an exciting new partnership of Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez of Mexico, theForce India F1 Team have the experience and the talents to surprise their rivals this season. Perez, who drove for McLaren last season, replaces Paul di Resta to represent Force India for the first time in his career. Hülkenberg, on the other hand, is returning to the team and replaces Adrian Sutil, who moves to Sauber this season. Daniel Juncadella is the team’s reserve driver for the season.
Razali said, “This is especially true with the sweeping new rules this year, which effectively have put all the competing teams on a level playing field especially with the Sepang race happening so early in the season. In fact, Sepang has always been regarded as the opening race on a proper racing circuit.”
The 2014 season would open at the tight street circuit of Albert Park in Melbourne with the Australian Grand Prix from March 14 to 16 before proceeding to Sepang for an entirely different kind of challenge on its smooth and slick 5.543-km race track.
Competing teams already had their first taste of the new machines in testing and all of