Formula One racing at the Sepang International Circuit outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is fast, furious, and incredibly popular. With a total of 15 turns and 8 straightaways, this course allows for speeds of nearly 200 miles per hour and attracts attendance well into the 6 figures annually. Constructed in 1999, Sepang has since earned a worldwide reputation as a first-class racing venue and event destination.
Beginning with its inaugural year, Sepang has hosted the annual Malaysian Grand Prix, an event that is widely regarded as exceptionally exciting. High speeds and wild fluctuations in weather combine to keep spectators on the edge of their seats.
The short history of racing at the circuit has included many noteworthy incidents, including the return several famous drivers to the sport, and public controversy arising from statements made by Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone, who referred to the upkeep of the facility as “shoddy”. Maintenance of the facility was improved and returned to the splendor of its early years, and today Sepang is a great way to spend a day during a visit to Kuala Lumpur.
Sepang has become a quality choice for nighttime visits as well, after it followed in Singapore’s footsteps to become the second course certified by Formula One for nighttime races.
Tickets to the races at Sepang are cheap and plentiful. Take care to take the necessary precautions to stay hydrated (temperatures typically exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day), and to stay dry, as tropical storms are regular occurrences.