Thursday, April 05, 2007

Malaysia wary of Singapore's F1 plans

Ahead of this weekend's Malaysia F1 Grand Prix, Malaysia and Singapore could be heading for a showdown.

Singapore this week has been stealing some of Malaysia's thunder by entertaining F1 drivers in the Lion City and tempting them with proposals for a night time Grand Prix race.

Formula One driver Mark Webber drove through the proposed street track in Singapore, fuelling speculation that a decision is imminent.

Malaysia is suggesting that there should be only one Formula One Grand Prix in Southeast Asia.
"(The) region should have one F1 race. Singapore should not compete with Malaysia," Malaysia sports minister Azalina Othman Said told reporters.

Commercial negotiations are believed to be under way between the Singapore government and F1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone.

A decision could be made after this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Events-focused Singapore appears to be in the pole position for the first F1 night race, although competition could come from Australia, where the season-opening F1 Grand Prix is held in Melbourne.

A purpose built racetrack - complete with floodlighting - is to be built on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Source : Travelmole
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