Sepang International Circuit – spectators’ experiences

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Fernando Alonso, Sepang, Renault, 2006Tell us about your experiences of visiting the Sepang International Circuit.

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  • When you visited the track
  • Where you watched from
  • How easy it was to get to
  • How much of the track you could see
  • What support races there were
  • What you liked and didn’t like
  • How much it cost and whether it was good value

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28 comments on Sepang International Circuit – spectators’ experiences

  1. Anshul Ahuja said on 11th September 2006, 9:00

    We visited the Sepang for F1 2006 race. Had the tickets of Grandstand ‘F’ gold which is located on the other side of the track at the tower end. It covers the track from turn 6 through 11, start finish straight and entry to the pits. It was very easy to get to the track using the Express trains from Sentral to KLIA under the F1 weekend package. There were a couple of support races like Porsche cup challenge race and stuff which we could not attend. The cost was 600 MYR which is about 150 USD for three day entry.

  2. Jimmy Xavier Harrison said on 31st October 2007, 7:27

    Hi I’m Jim from Bristol,..I shall say that this is one of the best track in the world., Malaysia is always the best place to relax and chill.
    Unlike the boring Singapore..everything’s just same and plain, lame skycrapers and people in the street. That’s what the so-called unique Singapore was.

    While the F-1 is going to kick start in the street of Singapore, its still went the same..cause its already done in Monaco, and it happens in the nite? Owh c’mon don’t tell me that you gonna have to pay more taxes to cover the overall cost just for the lights?..

  3. I have been going to Sepang for the past 8 years and never been disapointed… We would usually get a group of 4-5 friends drive up from singapore on Friday or Saturday night – Stop by Mallaca – or straight to KL. check in our hotel and party the night away… Drive from downtown KL on Sunday to the ciruit ( It takes about an hour if you’re early.. or 3 if you leave after 11.00am ) The car park has improved every year and it’s now a breeze to drive in & out of the circuit. The frst year it took us almost 3hrs just to get out of the Field-carpark- but now you can be on the Highway within 45 mn.
    The first time we went there we sat on open stands at turn 14 ( now non-existant) no shelter, bloody hot, but right on the restart to the grandstand straight. ( Great accelerations views) the year after I took the open field at turn 8. Still no shelter and we melted under our umbrellas that’s when I decided that every other year we will get the covered open area @ turn 10/11 and that’s where we’ve been every year since. Beautiful track, great people in Malaysia and the best atmosphere in downtown Kuala-Lumpur on Saturday night.
    See you all in Singapore on 28th Sept
    Bruno

  4. JB FAN said on 4th November 2008, 14:59

    Malaysia 2009
    I’m hoping to attend Malaysia in 2009 – can anyone give me any advice on where is best to sit to get a good view – point about covered grandstand well taken – thank you. Any other good tips about getting from KL to the circuit gladly welcomed.

  5. JB, I have been to malaysia over the last couple of years!! last year i sat in F platinum which like mentioned before is an awesome stand!! if you get the seats on the far right of the stand you can witness 3/4 of a lap!!! in 09 where sittin in K Platinum, on turn 1 and 2… had a look at these during the moto gp and they looked great!! can see the hole straight and the first 3 corners!!! in general these are a bit more expensive but overall a great cheap race to attend!!!

  6. I went to the very first race in 1999. My seats were by the end of the hairpin/start of the pit straight, so you got to hear the drivers flooring their V10s out of the hairpin to get good drive onto the straight. Fantastic.

    I also remember Olivier Panis pulling over in the pit lane entry with an engine failure, and Villeneuve spinning off at the fast turn 6. And the crushing disappointment of not seeing Damon Hill make the first lap of the race, looking for his car forlornly as the rest of the field raced by.

    The facilities were very good, seeing as it was the very first race, and sitting in the main grandstand. Sitting in the shade was such a relief, as it got up to 36 C. There was also a big screen nearby, so I could follow the race. I can’t really fault my experience at the track, it was such a great weekend.

  7. kajal said on 22nd January 2009, 11:05

    where was the race held?

  8. triad911 said on 23rd March 2009, 18:22

    I have been going to Sepang since 2006. I always take the pit grand stand “JADE” but last year I got “EMERALD”. With all the changes this season, it’s gonna be one hell of a race.

  9. I live in KL and always get free tickets but I think I won’t attend anymore races as I can get the “actual” race results (which is the correct one) from the race stewards about a week after..saves money, time, effort and hair (since I don’t have to pull out mine)..

    • lavanya sinniah said on 24th March 2010, 4:01

      hey dude,
      since u have free tickets n not using them, maybe u wanna consider givin it to me ? hahahaha .. im goin there all by myself from jb.. very ardent fan of Lewis :) but have not got the tickets yet… any links where i can get a cheap ticket ?

  10. I’m a Malaysian but had never watched live F1 race in Sepang or any other tracks live yet. I’ve been on the track on 2005 MotoGP race and it was great because the ticket was not numbered and I can seat at any empty seat around the Mall area so I keep moving around from this side to the other side to have the best view of the race. I’m trying to be there again for F1, MotoGP and SuperGT. I believe the best view is at the F Grandstand because that is the place where you can see most of the track.

  11. I am making my first Sepang visit and from what i read, F platinum sounds good ?
    However on going to book i see that “online booking” has closed and living in Southern Thailand ( from Aust) i am now wondering if i will be able to get a seat in stand F or even stand K, will my journey to KL arriving on 2nd be a waste of time.
    Please , someone who knows let me know !

    • Hi Dave,

      I’ve checked the ticket booking site and seats for F and K1 stands are still available. The price are RM600 for F and RM800 for K1. Both stands are probably the best on the track. Visit this page http://www.malaysiangp.com.my/eticket/f1/index-gs.html to check for your tickets. You can stay in KL probably around Hilton which is closest to KL Central Station and from there you can take ERL to the track.

      • Thanks for that mate, you made my day. I am now booked Stand F block M.
        I am already booked into the Swiss Garden Hotel and believe its fairly central.

        • julie milne said on 20th June 2010, 0:07

          Dave, Langdown

          hi, want to book for 2011 Malaysian gp, interested to know did you find Swiss Garden hotel to be good location and how did you get to Sepang circuit from there? Also would you recommend Stand F tickets worth getting for good viewing of race? thanks for any info you can pass on.

  12. Davetherave said on 20th June 2010, 6:04

    Hi Julie Milne,
    This was my first trip to Malaysian GP and it was fantastic. I always use and recommend SWISS GARDEN HOTEL. Its close to shops and restaurants etc,been there 5 times now. We caught taxi to circuit for the 3 days, but met some locally living ex-pats who took us home each day. They are local Go Cart fans and were there supporting the one girl driver in the Formula BMW Pacific race, sadly she was ‘taken out’ at qualifying and her car had to be rebuilt overnight, she drove well but was ‘up against it’ so i am looking out for her next year.
    Now for seating…….definately go for F Stand, its perfect with several corners to be seen. My seat was
    F block Platinum. Block M row U. No., 13. It was exciting to watch Hamilton weaving several times to stop Petrov from overtaking as they sped away up the long straight from us…..naughty boy Lewis ! but i guess if you drive for McClaren you can get away with anything !lolololol. I am aussie so Webber is my man. I have to warn you, it gets hot in Malaysia at this time, so don’t do as my mate and forget to take a towel (sweat rag). Good luck and enjoy it, i hope to get the same seat next year.
    David L.

    • Hey,

      I was looking into purchasing F stand tickets. Was there a TV Screen to keep up with the race from the stands? Is there a shelter over the grand stand? Could you see down the main straight as well?

  13. Darren from UK said on 3rd November 2010, 11:28

    Hi all,
    I am looking to go to the Malaysian race next year, and looking into the K1 Grandstand. Does anyone know if the tickets also includes general admission to any of the hillstands, or do you have to purchase a seperate ticket?

    I guess £6 on the early bird offer isnt too bad if it isn’t included! :)

    thanks
    Darren

  14. Davetgerave said on 4th November 2010, 2:37

    HI Darren, I recommend Stand f Block M . this was mine 2010 and will go there again. But be warned take a towel as humidity is very very high !

  15. Chris K said on 7th December 2010, 9:05

    In stand F block M is it better to sit low in row A or high in row Y for snapping pictures?