Date: 1st October 2017 at 10:33am
Written by:

As Formula One said goodbye to Malaysia after 19 years, F1 signed a new deal with China to extend their run on the calendar.

Since 1999 motorsport has grown in Malaysia, the Sepang International Circuit isn’t a bad one, the run of opening corners creates good racing, the weather adds an element of surprise and the heat and humidity makes it hard physically for the drivers.

It’s location next to an airport and not close to a town or city makes it a bit dull perhaps, but overall its one that many in the paddock will be sad to see go.

Some of those then will be surprised that Formula One will remain in China.

As foreign markets go Formula One needs to be in China, its just a shame that Shanghai doesn’t appeal to many race fans.

The new deal runs until 2020 and will swap dates on the calendar with the Bahrain GP.

‘We are very pleased to have reached an agreement which will see the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix continue as a fixture of the Formula 1 World Championship for at least a further three years,’ F1 chairman Chase Carey told Sky Sports.

‘We and our partners in this venture want to make this Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix even more spectacular, while bringing Chinese fans ever closer to the sport.’