Published on March 31st, 2011

Formula 1 is going to the Malaysian streets again; and for the first time in the 13-year history of the Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix, the thrilling showcase will take place at the heart of the Malaysia’s administrative capital, Putrajaya.

Featuring Team Lotus and their Lotus T128 mean machine with drivers Jarno Trulli and Heiki Kovalainen, the ‘Team Lotus Live Demo’ will be held this Saturday (April 2) at the main street in front of Malaysia’s judiciary icon, Palace of Justice and is expected to be joined by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabbery Cheek and other Cabinet Ministers.

“This will be the first ever demo in Putrajaya; and this fantastic event is aimed at building the F1 excitement for the fans and to tell them the 2011 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix is coming near,” says SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali.

“It is also aimed at creating the excitement of F1 and for greater awareness on the sports; bringing fans closer to the race. We also hope that it would create more interest among the motorsports fans especially at the grassroots,” he added.

Jointly organized by Team Lotus, SIC and Putrajaya, the event is also in support of SIC’s promotional programme for the 13th edition of the F1 Malaysia Grand Prix, which will be held at the circuit from April 8 to 10.

“The event is also a special way by the team to introduce themselves to Malaysians and to create more awareness for this Malaysian-initiated team,” said Razlan in reference to the 1Malaysia F1 Racing Team – a team personally launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak on September 15, 2009; declaring its as a 1Malaysia initiative.

Adding spice to the inaugural F1 demonstration in Putrajaya would be a Malaysian Super Series (MSS) parade, drift demonstration, pocket bike and a supermotard stunt display and a special AirAsia A320 fly past.

Stage activities from 10am and the main street shows would commence from 2pm. Entry is free.

Formula 1 street demo had always been a key feature of F1 activities with the inaugural demo held in 1999 by the Red Bull Sauber PETRONAS F1 Team; featuring Jean Alesi and Pedro Diniz and held around Jalan P. Ramlee in Kuala Lumpur.

Last year, fans were thrilled by the amazing skills of comeback king Michael Schumacher and his Mercedes GP PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg on March 31 around Jalan Binjai and the parking lots around KLCC. There was no F1 demo in 2006 and 2008.

words & pix: SIC


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