2010 FORMULA ONE PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Apirl 2-4, 2010 at Sepang International Circuit

General Press Releases Monday March 15, 2010 16:38
Bangkok--15 Mar--Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board

This year marks the 12 edition of F1 at SIC, which have been hosting the sport since 1999. Built in 1998, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is the first of the modern race circuits designed to challenge man and machine and provide spectators with the very best facilities and service to enjoy the race. Sepang offers some of the best experience a fan can have in immersing themselves in the F1 lifestyle.

At the track, this F1 season will be the most exciting yet with the return of what some say the best driver in the world, back into F1, Michael Schumacher. And that’s not all; he is joined by world’s champions, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and last but not least Fernando Alonso in their quest for this year’s championship. Spectators will not only witness the world’s hottest F1 race but will get their sensors overcharged with the 2010 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX CONCERT featuring famous international artist like Wycleaf Jean and Fatboy Slim right after the race.

This year … hundreds of energetic youths from all races dancing to the rhythm for the opening ceremony in show of unity and harmony and in true 1Malaysia Spirit to be showcase to the world on Race Day. It’s something that fans can really look forward to. SIC also targets 100,000 spectators for the race and 160,000 for the three-day event, the 2010 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix would be held at Sepang Circuit from April 2 to 4. It would be Round 3 of a 19-leg championship which would open in Bahrain .

For 2010, PETRONAS, which previously worked with BMW and Sauber, would be the title sponsor of Mercedes GP PETRONAS team, which had sensationally wooed back the legendary Michael Schumacher to compete in the championship this year; partnering German compatriot Nico Rosberg.

Supported by Proton, Air Asia, Naza Group and Tune Group, the Lotus F1 Racing Team is the 1Malaysia Racing Team headed by Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes and featuring drivers Italian Jarno Trulli, Finland Heikki Kovailanen and Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy as the reserve driver.

For the first time in the history of F1, there would be two teams carrying the interest of Malaysia and that itself had made this year Formula 1 race in Sepang very special. It had also boosted interest for ticket sales this year and it is hopeful of a record turnout this year.

In conjunction with 2010 FORMULA ONE PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX , the whole city of Kuala Lumpur celebrates the world class race with the spectacular and glamorous event throughout the city and the week of race.

KLGP Festival 2010 runs from March 16 to April 4, will reflects not only Malaysia’s vast experience in hosting the hottest race on earth but also a mirror to what an exciting and stylish city Kuala Lumpur is and can be.

This year, the festival’s curtains go up with the unveiling of a host of enchanting events starting with the showcase of the

1) 8th Vintage & Classic Car Concours on March 27 organized by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, from 3pm to 6pm at the Petronas Pit Pulse base in KLCC. Undoubtedly, the afternoon affair will be one of the largest gatherings of vintage cars this year with models from as early as 1924 right up to 1983 on display. There will be a wide range of models from Mercedes-Benz together with familiar marques Bentley, Jaguar and Roll-Royce. The line-up will include sports cars from other famous British manufacturers MG and Triumph, and Italian legends Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Americana will be represented by Buick, Chevrolet and Packard. The long history of the automobile will be evident from departed, but not forgotten, names such as Alvis and Armstrong Siddeley.

2) Petronas Pit Pulse at Jalan Binjai from 27th March to 4th April, including an exhibition and promotional booths; Formula One simulator challenge, Petronas go-kart experience, Mercedes’ heritage and DTM cars demo and live performances by local artists such as Aizat, Yuna, Bunkface, Estranged and many more.

3) PETRONAS Formula One Street Demo. It is a tradition of bringing the Formula One experience closer to the public, the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS MGP WO1 special demo run by drivers Nico Rosberg and seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher at KLCC on Wednesday 31 March from 5.00pm.

4) Gilded Garage Gala in the evening hosted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Petronas, featuring not only a star studded list of celebrities, fashionistas, industry movers, corporate leaders but also Mercedes GP Petronas drivers Micheal Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. An event for the “be seen” to be seen, expect to be dazzled by the country’s fashion leaders as they take to the runway in elegance and style. Spicing up the evening will be live performances.

5) The Ultimate Pitstop Festival hosted by Pavilion KL from March 16 to April 4 where fashion, dining, and glamour converge into a high-octane F1 celebration. For F1 fanatics, be sure to check out the Cars Pit Stop featuring an exhibition of F1 classic racing cars as well as a showcase by Lotus Racing on the birth of the Malaysian F1 racing team where its drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainan will make a special appearance.

6) The Fashion Pit Stop where the fashion and racing worlds collide to create the parties of the season with a lineup of F1 celebration party, the chic Bonia night and the Pavilion KL red carpet gala from April 1 to 3.

7) The Dining Pit Stop offers a vast selection of choices to feast and fete from. Fear not for those who prefer the thrill of shopping to that of the tracks, great discounts and specials will be available from March 6 to April 11 at the GP Sale.

8) The Formula 1Malaysian Cultural Festival. Held for the first time by DBKL and the Ministry of Tourism this outdoor cultural festival will be staged on the weekend of the Formula 1 race, April 2 - 4 at the Pavilion KL. Happening from 5pm to 11pm daily, the visitors and F1 spectators can witness the best of Malaysian Cultural featuring Malay, Chinese, Indian and the East Malaysian extravaganza cultural performances.

9) Malaysian Petronas F1 Grand Prix Gala at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on April 2. And yes, Lionel Richie, the man who sings about dancing on the ceiling is back on our shores. The renowned American pop star is scheduled to take on the stage and be prepared to be blown away by his power-packed vocals on classic hits like Hello, Three Times a Lady, Still, Endless Love (a duet with Diana Ross), Truly, Say You, Say Me and All Night Long (All Night). Richie last performed to a full-house audience at the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Spring Gala in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in 2006.

10) The STYLO Fashion Grand Prix 2010 : Malaysia’s premier fashion extravaganza –presented by Mercedes-Benz, it will return for the 3rd consecutive year to the 12th Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. STYLO, now an international F1 fashion event was set up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of F1 Sepang. This year, the glitzy event will feature spectacular knee-trembling fashion entertainment for 9 days from March 26 through to April 3 and will be held in several locations within the capital city namely, the shopping strip of Jalan Bukit Bintang, the clubbing street of Asian Heritage Row, the elegant National Art Gallery and a secret location within a historic part of KL. Themed “Fashion to Art and Art to Fashion”, it will see top Malaysian artists, fashion and accessories designers, hair and make-up artists coming together in one of the most unique creative collaborations the world has seen. Giant sculptures masquerading in theme and measuring 5 to 20 feet will line the streets of Kuala Lumpur and the Pavilion in complete style. Constructed by renowned local artist Philip Wong and 100 Malaysian artists under his supervision, the sculptures will utilise strictly recyclable products.

11) The Malaysia Grand Prix Sale from 6th March to 11 April and Malaysia International Shoe Festival from 2- 4 April which will feature a seminar on footwear, exhibition of the works of selected local and international show designers and a shoe fashion show as a wrap to the festival.

F1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PAST WINNERS
2009 - Jenson Button (Brawn GP) 2008 - Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 2007 - Fernando Alonso (McLaren Mercedes)
2006 - Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault)
2005 - Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2004 - Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2003 - Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes)
2002 - Ralf Schumacher (Williams)
2001 - Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2000 - Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
1999 - Eddie Irvine (Ferrari)

For more information, please contact : Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board ( Thailand Office ) Unit 1, 3rd Fl. Zuellig House. 1-7 Silom Rd, Bangkok 10500 Tel: +662-636-3380-3 Fax: +662-636-3384 www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my


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