Motorsport Archives - Stadium Malaysia
close

Motorsport

Formula1Motorsport

Redbull’s Max Verstappen wins last ever Malaysian Grand Prix

It was a bittersweet moment for everyone at the stands as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crossed the finish line to emerge champion at the last ever Malaysia GP.

Max Verstappen, who started third on the grid, saw Lewis Hamilton struggling with traction and took the chance to overtake the British racer on the fourth lap, and the race was his from then on.

“I think in the beginning, straight away the car felt good and I saw Lewis struggling a bit with traction and he was clipping a bit more than me, so I used my battery as much as I could so I went for it in Turn 1 and from there I could my own race.” Verstappen told the media after the race.

“The car was unbelievable. I had pace. If I needed to speed up I sped up. Yeah, it’s amazing. It’s a very tough race but of course incredible to win.” he added.

The win was also Verstappen’s 20th birthday present to himself – Belgian-Dutch racer turned 20 on Saturday.

“It was a very tough race and the whole week already I was not feeling too well, so that also doesn’t help in the toughest race of the season but luckily I managed to hold on so that was all good.”

Verstappen finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton with an impressive 12.7 seconds clear of the latter. Redbull racer, Daniel Ricciardo also clinched a podium finish by coming in third. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished fourth.

Here’s the highlights from the race:

 

Formula1

“It’s sad to think that this is the last race” – Lewis Hamilton on Sepang’s final F1 bout

Malaysia decided to pull the plug on hosting the Formula 1 race back in November 2016, making this weekend’s race the last one ever.

The decision was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin – the minister cited high cost, limited returns, declining F1 ticket sales and TV viewership figures as reasons to why Malaysia should take a break from hosting the event.

Apart from that, he also didn’t want the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) to turn into a white elephant.

Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz seconded the decision, saying that it’s getting difficult for the sponsors to earn their return of investment from the event.

“F1 attendance is dropping and there is less attraction now. We are spending RM300 million a year for the race,” the minister said.

The main sponsor of the F1 race in KL, Petronas, is also facing a hard time due to the fluctuation of oil prices, and may not be able to continue sponsoring the race.

SIC’s chief executive said that reports for this year’s race showed that TV viewership in Malaysia was the lowest in history.

Aside from the distraught Malaysian fans, British superstar racer Lewis Hamilton also expressed that he is bummed out that this will be his last race in Malaysia.

“It is definitely sad to think this is the last race,” Lewis Hamilton told reporters at the press conference, as quoted by Reuters.

“It’s the most challenging for the car and the team, so they are taking away one of the toughest, if not the toughest, Grand Prix of the season, which will be hard to replace.”

According to Reuters, driver loses around three litres of body fluid in sweat during the 90 minutes of an average Malaysian Grand Prix, and many of them also liken the racing experience to sitting in a sauna – which makes Sepang a tough race to win.

The 2017 Formula 1 Pteronas Malaysia Grand Prix’s final edition in Sepang will take place this weekend from 29th September until 1st October.

MotoGPMotorsport

Hafizh Syahrin overwhelmed as he secures first podium finish in 5 years

Malaysia’s Moto2 racer Hafiz Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) was engulfed in emotions at the San Marino Grand Prix that took place at the Misano World Circuit on Sunday.

Hafiz Syahrin, also known as “The Fish”, finished third at the San Marino GP – which is his first podium finish in five years.

‘The Fish’ clocked 51m 47.584s to clinch third place, just behind Swiss racers Dominique Aegerter of (Kiefer Racing) and Thomas Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten) at the end of the 26-lap race.

The 23-year-old could not contain himself as he crossed the finish line – he was seen getting emotional as he covered his eyes and needed a moment to soak in the result of the race before he could start embracing his teammates.

Hafizh Syahrin’s last podium finish was back in 2012 at the Malaysia Grand Prix when he clinched third place at the Sepang International Circuit in 2012.

 

“In am grateful to Allah for this achievement. My thanks to the technical crew who have worked very hard this week that I’ve extended Malaysia’s success as overall champions in the recent 2017 SEA Games to this race today.” Hafizh told Bernama.

“I’ve proven that I could achieve success like other national athletes. My thanks to my family, fans and friends too, as well as my manager who have given me a lot of support all this while.” he added,

Congratulations, Hafizh!