Petronas Malaysian F1 Race
Gets Visit Malaysia Year Boost

Media Release

12th February, Kuala Lumpur -
 With 2007 celebrated as the Visit Malaysia Year, the ninth edition of Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix is expected to be a tourist's dream with the entire nation of Malaysia packed with fascinating programmes and incentives for travelers especially within the Malaysian Formula One race week.

Slotted as Round 2 of a 17-round world championship, the Malaysian GP will be held three weeks after the opening round in Australia from 6th to 8th April. The season opener will be held at Albert Park in Melbourne in mid March.

As the second round, fans would again look at Sepang as the start of the actual contest for supremacy as all the teams and drivers would be better prepared for battle; having shaken off all the new season jittery and coming into Malaysia with better understanding of their machines and strength of their rivals.
Indeed, the new 2007 season would see prominent changes at the pits and garages; setting the stage for an exciting season with plenty of prospects for surprises and uncertainties.

Fernando Alonso - the man who unseated the legendary Michael Schumacher in 2005 for the world crown and spoiling the German's final season last year by retaining his title - will not be in his usual blue overalls and the steady support of his trusted, super efficient Renault crew.

Instead, Alonso would put putting his confidence in Ron Dennis and his McLaren-Mercedes - the team that helped The Flying Finn Mika Hakkinen won two world titles in 1998 and 1999; but unable to maintain that winning trend with a younger Finnish Kimi Raikkonen.

In pursuing his world championship dreams, Kimi took his broken heart to Ferrari; taking over the seat vacated by the retired seven-time world champion; making him as Alonso's biggest challenger for the new 2007 season along with Brazilian Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari racecar.

Elsewhere, Mark Webber would move to Red Bull Racing to join David Coulthard while the partnership of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello remained at Honda. So have the BMW Sauber duo - Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica as well as Toyota's Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli.

Without doubt, the drivers' movements and retention of others as well as the entry of rookies had increased the excitement level of the world championship especially for the Malaysian round in April when competition is still fresh and lots of uncertainties.

Promoted as 'The World's Hottest Race', the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix is regarded as one of the toughest leg in the world championship due to its challenging and unpredictable weather; and the challenging track.

Designed to trill, as reflected by its tagline, the stadium-like circuit has a combination of slow and fast corners with two long straights that will allow the drivers to take their race machines to the limit. Plus, with a width of up to 22 meters, the circuit provides ample opportunity for overtaking maneuvers.

While actions on the track are expected to be hotter than ever, supporting off-track events outside the circuit are expected to be as hot. As in previous years, the city of Kuala Lumpur will be lining up special programmes running to the Race Day to hype up the event.

In reflecting the image of the Grand Prix City of Kuala Lumpur, the city would be painted in Formula One colours with all the leading hotels, shopping complexes, restaurants and clubs organizing various F1-related events.

Targeting a full-house 120,000, race promoters Sepang International Circuit will look to the worldwide promotions of Visit Malaysia Year to supplement its efforts to promote the 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.

While its sales missions would continue to focus on its traditional European markets of Britain, Italy, Germany, Finland and France, the Malaysian race promoter would also continue efforts in expanding its market in China, South Africa, Australia and the vital South East Asia market.

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