SEPANG, March 25 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) to continue intensifying promotion for the prestigious race.
SIC chairman Datuk Mokhzani Tun Mahathir said the Prime Minister told him that he (Najib) was satisfied with the race today and hoped SIC would continue to intensify its efforts for the prestigious race next year.
“He (Najib) is very happy and wants to make sure that the race is well covered and well attended. He was very conscious and asked what we can do for next year’s race which is still in the contract. He wants the race to be really exciting,” said Mokhzani.
After the eventful race, Najib presented the trophies to race winner Fernando Alonso from Scuderia Ferarri Team, Sergio Perez (Sauber F1 Team) who came in second and Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) who finished third.
The Malaysian Grand Prix was suspended for 51 minutes today when officials red flagged the race after eight laps due to torrential rain at the Sepang circuit.
“When it started raining heavily, we were all worried that it will be a repeat of the 2009 incident where the race had to be stopped mid-way, which is not very nice. But this time we were very passionate…and thank god, the race resumed and it was very exciting,” he told reporters here Sunday.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah Hamidun were among those who witnessed the Formula One Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix and spent time visiting the participating team’s garage.
The majesties were accompanied by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
Meanwhile, Mokhzani was satisfied with the spectator turn out for the three days although the 90,000 target for race day fell short by 5,000.
This year’s event recorded an attendance of 119,960 spectators for the three-day event which kicked off on Friday.
“The crowd over the whole weekend was good and today (race day), we had about 85,000 spectators. I am happy as they still waited for the race to continue after it had been suspended due to heavy rain. It was good to know that they waited until the race ended,” he said.
Source : Bernama