Sepang Seeks £36.5M for Circuit Updates

The Sepang International Circuit is set to suffer a major overhaul in a few years time, as confirmed by the Malaysian Grand Prix CEO Razlan Razali. According to the Malaysian official, the changes that need to be made at Sepang are not track-related, but concern the paddock and the grandstands areas, where leaking problems often occur in rainy conditions.

Unfortunately after three to four years, the track was not very well maintained. There are areas of the grandstand and the paddock where it leaks during a storm. We experience power trips and mechanical and electrical woes - we need a major overhaul and refurbishment,” said Razali in an interview with the AFP news agency.

Additionally, the circuit's CEO revealed he will look for approximately £36.5m worth of funds in the near future, with which he plans to update the entire complex and bring it at the same development scale with its main “rivals” Sakhir and Shanghai circuits (all of whom were designed by Hermann Tilke).

The flat roof above the paddock is also leaking - we are fighting a losing battle to repair the leaks and we need to bring back Sepang's glory days. I hope we can secure about 180 million ringgit (£36.5m) over the next five years from the government to carry out a major overhaul and refurbishment,” added Razali.

Our track needs to be on par with Bahrain and Shanghai. I am not afraid of Malaysia losing Formula 1 spectators - I am more concerned about providing better hospitality services and how to generate additional revenue.”
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