2011 Malaysian Grand Prix discussion

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2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

50 comments on 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix discussion

  1. chichy said on 18th November 2010, 13:57

    I will be in KL on the 8th,9th,& 10th April 2011. Was planning to go to GP, but leaving KL @ 11.50pm, i need to know what time the race starts and finishes?

    • the race starts at 4pm in the afternoon and should last about almost 2hrs. i’ll be in KL as well on 9-11 april 2011 and planning to go to sepang…

  2. going to Sepang for the first time and staying in KL-any advice on reasonable cost transport from city to track and back?

    • This has all the answers:

      http://www.malaysiangp.com.my/story/formula-1-public-transportation-klia-transit

      KL is also interconnected with multiple rail lines, so getting to KL Sentral by rail shouldn’t be a problem too.

      Just a tip, though – bring sturdy shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting some dirt on. When we went in 2009, that was the year the race was cut because of the monsoon. The bus station was a bit… muddy, to say the least.

    • australian (@australian) said on 13th March 2011, 11:50

      I am staying in central KL, i have visited the city before and i recall a friends telling me the track is quite close to the airport?

      1. What is the best way to get to the track from downtown KL?

      2. Can i get a bus?

      3. I know of the train station called KL “Sentral”, is there a particular station to get off and then commute to the race??

      HELP~HELP~HELP

      • drmikki said on 13th March 2011, 12:06

        As listed above, there are a number of websites outlining travel options.

        You can take the bus or both bus and train. You are correct, KLIA is near the track. There are trains out to KLIA, and then buses to the track. The train goes from Sentral and there are fast and less-fast trains. There are also buses that go from KL Sentral out to the track. You can buy single tickets or 3 day passes – there were booths set up for all the different options last time I used KL Sentral.

        It’s hard to say which is best – all of them get you to the track, although expect it to take a while as the traffic tends to be dreadful. From memory all are airconditioned. Which you choose depends on where you stay and your budget.

        Enjoy!

  3. Anybody knows what malaysian gp tickets look like? Im just wondering because there’s a print at home ticket. So, would it be like movie / airline tickets? Or like in singapore grand prix 2010 (this is my point of comparison because this is the only gp ive watched live) where they give plastic IDs with lanyard for each day and you have to wear all the time?

    Also, are there shops surrounding the track where you can buy survival kits (poncho and earplugs)? They have it in sgp2010 as well.

    Thanks.

    • ian (@ian) said on 3rd February 2011, 7:46

      I bought my ticket on the F1 website a couple of months ago and don’t remember being given the choice of printing it myself. I thought I was just to collect it at the track by giving them a print-out from the website.

    • It’s a lot like an airline ticket – a hard piece of paper which has your designated seats.

      Singapore’s is very unique – I’ve been to 3 GPs in Asia and it’s still the only one with lanyards (which are really cool, may I add).

      Yes, there are shops for the survival kit. It’s at the start of the main walkway heading to the main grandstands. That said, the kit there is a bit too pricey for my taste. I recommend you try buying your poncho and plugs at stores within the city to save on spending.

  4. cherly said on 17th February 2011, 14:26

    does anyone know where i can buy the F1 tickets (physical store) in Sunway or any where in KL?

    cheers

  5. kalash_s said on 17th February 2011, 14:41

    Hi Cherly, there is a booth set up over at KL Sentral. There is a permanent store as well (near to CIMB Bank) that sells merchandises.

  6. Scott Joslin said on 17th February 2011, 14:50

    When I went a few years back there was a Grand Prix Skybus ticket. It got you out of KL and to the track via a fee changes with a final bus in to the circuit, very easy and very cheap. Most F1 fans inthe city will be doing the same so you feel safe all together. Take plenty of water, as they were only selling water by the bottle, there was no free source. Have a great time.

  7. Will H said on 24th February 2011, 16:46

    does anyone know if you have to pre book tickets or are they easy to get in KL?

    • drmikki said on 25th February 2011, 12:08

      I don’t think they have ever sold out… but when you try and buy the cheap tickets at the gate they tell you that section is sold out and make you buy the more epensive stands. So, depends on how much you were going to spend really! Tickets almost 100% likely to be available, but at a cost.

      • Agree – Sepang as a whole rarely sells out, but some specific sections do (usually those in the Main Grandstand).

        My tip: If you want a specific section at the main grandstand (in front of your favorite team’s pits or in front of the podium), better to pre-book now. If you’re not picky with your seat, you can wait until you get to KL if you know where to buy there. The Turn 1 stand (the next best choice after the main stands) rarely get full nowadays, so you should be able to get seats for that stand at least.

  8. iman (@iman) said on 20th March 2011, 6:50

    Thanks to AirAsia, I will experience my first ever Paddock pass! I’m so looking forward to the race! :D

  9. I am there! Grand Stand F!

  10. In headed for the race after a one year hiatus. Grand stand F as well, turn 7 turn 8! Woohoo!

    With luck, I will be meeting Eddie Irvine as well!!!

  11. I will be going down to the Malaysian Grand Prix this year, will be at K1 Grandstand sector D! Will be there from 7th to 11th April 2011, likely to stay at the airport hotels. Unfortunately, Pan Pacific is fully booked.

    This will be my first Malaysian GP, previously having attended the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Singapore Grands Prix!

  12. andy.price said on 21st March 2011, 10:48

    This will be my first visit to Malaysia and the Malaysaian GP. I was due to go to Bahrain but we all know the story on that. I could not get a refund on my flight ticket (and insurance does not cover civil unrest) but KLM agreed to give me credit on an other flight so Malaysia here we come. Got a good deal at the Sheraton Hotel.

    Transport to the circuit looks straight forward. They have a bus from KL Sentral to the circuit. http://www.malaysiangp.com.my/node/24 and KL Sentral appears to be well served by the metro system.

  13. Crossy said on 22nd March 2011, 3:22

    I am coming over from Australia. Thinking about K1 stand as I want the best experience I can, this is my first GP. Is this a good choice for seating?

    • drmikki said on 22nd March 2011, 13:16

      The best choice will depend on what you want from your ticket. The main grandstand provides a view of the pits, the start/finish straight and of course the proceedings in pit lane – cars, drivers, team personnel etc and dancing/national anthem etc, so if it’s your first ever race you might want that.

      That said, the main grandstand is pretty expensive compared to K1. From K1 you have turn 1 directly in front of you, and views of turns 2 and 3 heading into turn 4 depending on where in K1 you are. I like watching from K1 with the cars heading directly towards you at the start into Turn 1.

      I have K1 tickets for this year (as well as last year) – however, I have pit straight tickets for Australia, so have already experienced the pit straight experience at the 1st race!

      Good luck and have fun!

      • Crossy said on 23rd March 2011, 6:20

        Thanks drmikki,

        K1 it is for me then, question though all of the places that I find for buying on-line do not give you a choice of seats in K1. Do you know if this is the case or is there a reputable company that give me an option?

        Also, the prices seem to vary greatly as well. What shoul I expect to pay?

        Crossy

        • drmikki said on 23rd March 2011, 12:27

          I would only buy from the official source at the sepang circuit website- http://www.sepangcircuit.com/eticket/#

          It’s abt 200 AUD (600 ringgit) for K1 grandstand, and you can choose your seat (it gives you a choice between “choose seat” and “best available”. If you are heading here alone then there are still single seats available in the front rows of the grandstand!

  14. australian (@australian) said on 23rd March 2011, 14:01

    AnyOne know from Past experience how long the bus from KL sentral to the track takes?

  15. Crossy said on 24th March 2011, 3:30

    Thanks Very Much drmikki,

    I now have tickets in K1 – Platinum Block F – Row X – Seats 4 & 5

    Come and say Hi and I will buy you a beer for your help :-)

    Crossy