Will Formula 1 make a return to the Sepang International Circuit? Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is hoping that it will, expressing his desire to see the race being run once again at Sepang, The Star reports.

He made the comment at the Petronas SIC Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) Awards 2018 last night, where he was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the MAM.

Dr Mahathir said he never expected the motorsport scene in Malaysia to thrive as it did when he first set out to develop a world class race track in Malaysia. “I remember my visit to Estoril in Portugal, which inspired me to have a similar track in Malaysia. I never thought it would bring 10,000 to 20,000 people to the track,” he said.

“The reception was good. Malaysians took up racing themselves and are now very well into motor racing and also the engineering behind the cars. So we have gained a lot of things from the Sepang races and the money spent on the track was well worth it. I hope the races (at Sepang) will continue into the future, and I also hope Formula 1 will come back in all its glory,” he said.

The SIC played host to Formula 1 for 19 straight years, from 1999 to 2017. Declining interest in the race and the high costs incurred were reasons cited for not continuing with it from 2018. The track however continues to host the popular MotoGP, which has been drawing record-breaking crowds in recent years.

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