Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sizzling Hot F1 Racing Day In Sepang

So Lewis Hamilton captured his first victory of 2014 in Sepang after an emphatic drive from pole position on Sunday with Nico Rosberg securing second place for a sweet one-two victory for Mercedes.

Thanks to my sister, Zaini and I got two grandstand tickets for Saturday and Sunday to watch the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. Zaini is a huge fan of Formula One by the way.

We didn't go on Saturday to watch the Practice session or the Qualifying round and only went on Sunday on Race Day itself.
Waiting for the shuttle bus from our parking area at Bay 8 to the race venue. Buses were aplenty. Parking spots too. Parking was free on Mar 28 but chargeable on both Mar 29 & 30th. 2-day parking at the bays right in front the race venue was RM200.00 whilst the one further away were a "mere" RM30.00.

We got lucky somehow. We parked. Nobody approached us for payment so we assumed we'd pay upon exit and when we exited later in the evening, no one was collecting car park fees! Save RM30! Fuh~

Anyway, another option to go to Speang International Circuit (SIC) on F1 race day is to use public transport.

There were direct bus service provided by RapidKL to (SIC) from KL Sentral and KLCC at RM18/one way or RM30/return trip. One way bus from LCCT was RM10.00.

There were also KLIA Transit Transfer package, at RM120 (3days pacakage), RM90 (Saturday & Sunday) or RM25 (one way trip, any day).
Selfie first before entering the mall area/welcome centre. HAHAHA Hordes of people milling about, of all nationatilities.
Even with all the excitement, MH370 wasn't forgotten...

A minute of silence was observed before the start of the race.
Despite the crowd, we had fun. Taking photos, checking out F1 merchandises, trying out games and stuff before making our way to our seats. Missed out on the autograph session with the drivers. *shoot*
That's our seats behind us!
A big crowd at the F1 Village. Tempted to buy but man... they're all so darn expensive!

Zaini used to spend money on these merchandises when he was younger but not anymore. Otherwise you'd probably see him wearing his favourite team shirt instead of the BIM shirt that he wore that day! LOL

We milled about and lepak near the Welcome Centre enjoying free wi-fi provided by Maxis until it was 3.30pm before making our way to our seats.
One section all filled up, mostly by international fans.
A few dramatic overtaking were cheered by us spectators but the race was rather an uneventful race. Because we weren't seated in the much "posher" area of the main grandstand to see all the actions (and a certain someone, right Ru?) we missed out on some but gained on some.

It certainly was a fun and interesting experience that came complete with inhaling perspiration and at one time second-hand smoke by fellow Malaysian who cannot read a "No smoking" sign that was placed right in front of him.

26 comments:

  1. I've been invited to the F1 Race in SG, but didn't go as my family isn't very keen. Guess those who are really into cars will enjoy :)

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    1. Awwww such a waste! Yes, you need to really be into F1 (not really just about cars) to enjoy this.

      p.s. pass them over to me next time! LOL

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  2. Muahahahahaha!!! Did anyone pick him up? What a great shot. I like!

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    1. With that smile? Of course ada orang pick up :p

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  3. Wah! You dapat grand stand seats! Well, that befits your glam and bling status to be seen there! If Shirley gives you tickets and you not free, I will be free....!

    I have heard of the crazy parking fees. They run a slaughter house!

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    1. Ours not the really grand one la....

      Really grand then can see pit action in air con room one ;-)

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  4. I like the pink t-shirt u wearing, hehe...

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    1. I love it too. Not F1 related bcos it's a t-shirt I received for completing 42.195km running in Putrajaya :-)

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  5. aiyoh, such a happy Sunday huh.. you ditched the young boy and went "pak toh" with this old boy only?? tsk tsk tsk, how bad lah.. haha!! or was it probably that the young boy ditched both of you and got his own activities instead?? :p

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    1. He told us to go ahead n leave him in peace! lol

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  6. wah, i love the supermodel pose of Mak Glam standing in front of the entrance lah.. so bergaya and so got the attitude!! having that said, that means the one directly below not as glamour lah, but then the next one below of the couple, aiyoh, so sweet and manis like the honey and sugar all semut flock towards~~ :D

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    1. I'm learning how to pose from the best! YOU! ;-)

      Must also learn to be saccharine sweet like Ah Boy too. Bwahaha

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  7. wow, interesting race!! i always thought by sitting there as an audience, i would only be able to hear the sounds of "vrroooom" but cannot see any cars because they are moving in lightning speed.. hehe!! how silly, now i know can really see the actual cars in action!! :D

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    1. It was really interesting.

      Talking about sounds. .. it was interesting to hear the noises too. It wasnt just vroom vroom all the way like what I heard on TV but you can hear the changes of the car sound when it approaches a turn or when trying to overtake. It was an experience!

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  8. fuiyo...nice tickets leh...so VIP dei :)

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    1. VIP is at the main grandstand or duduk dalam air cond dei :p

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  9. mak oi...so mahal dei the parking...rm30...really slaughter lah

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  10. watching in tv and in sepang totally different. I have friend who crazy about this, But she just no energy to go there. so watch in TV

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    1. Watch on TV also a nice. No need to sweat sweat there. :-)

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  11. Wow, vroom vroom~

    The crowd is crazy!

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  12. Interesting!!! I've a friend who like F1 very much, always force me to go watch with her, but she wanted to sit at the VIP seat which is 800 something, that's way expensive then I thought lo, so I never join her, hehe!!! =]

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    1. Try & get sponsorship for your tix!!! Hehehe

      But really, RM800 is not bad considering that it's three day passes plus you get to enjoy the after race concert too :-)

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  13. Darn, woman, where's the photo of the certain someone?! Are you keeping it to yourself?! Did you at least see the interviews on the winner's podium?

    PS: I've always liked fast cars and just cars in general -- hallo! Beetles! -- but I've never been this intensely interested in F1 ... >:)

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    1. Somebody else was holding the camera w gun woman.

      And that somebody felt that it's more important to go off before the rest of the crowd instead of lingering there gawping at delicious looking man. Ahem

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