The number of visitors to the Malaysian Grand Prix isn’t as strong as it used to be, according to the Chief Executive of Sepang International Circuit. “I have to admit we’re suffering a bit with these new races,” said Sepang CEO Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali in the Bangkok Post.
He has attributed the inconsistent number to the rising number of International races in the Asian region. In 1999, apart from Japan, Malaysia was the only other Asian circuit on the F1 calendar. Since then, there have been a number of new tracks including China, Singapore and Korea along with the construction of an Indian track.
“This year we got nearly 100,000 fans to attend the race. But the numbers are up and down every year. It depends on a lot of things. The economy is also a big part,” said Razali.
Razali has suggested to Bernie Ecclestone for both the Malaysian GP and the Singapore GP to be held back to back. This is said to allow international visitors to attend both races by planning a long holiday without traveling twice. “We’ve talked to the FIA about it but we have to wait and see. Maybe it will be possible in the future,” he added.