Malaysian GP going ahead in face of MH370 plane crisis

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The CEO of Sepang International Circuit has foreshadowed a more subdued Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of the month, as the nation continues to deal with the crisis surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Beijing-bound flight disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew aboard, and an international search for the plane’s whereabouts is ongoing.

As for the Grand Prix, Sepang CEO Razlan Razali has told Agence France-Presse that the country’s citizens “are not in the mood for an event like this.”

“Everywhere – be it on radio, newspaper, TV or social media – it is all about finding MH370,” Razali said about the situation.

However, Razali did confirm that the race, which is the second round of this year’s Formula One World Championship, will indeed go on.

Understandably, plans are to keep the MH370 saga in mind as the track goes about hosting the Grand Prix.

“Whatever it is, Formula One will go on and the concert after [the race] will proceed, but we will be sensitive and not go overboard,” he added to AFP.

The March 30 race will be the 16th time that F1 has visited Malaysia.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”