I know this is about a week late but I have been busy for the past week. Once I even slept from 8pm till 6am, skipping dinner. That’s how busy I am. I wasn’t called babi for no reason
You can’t see blurring images of cars traveling at 300kmh from here, but it was not too bad too. (Photo courtesy Maleisie.be)
My brother (thanks!) managed to get F1 tickets from Inti college Nilai because they were giving out free tickets to their students. I heard from him that if the organizers don’t fill up the seats, Sepang won’t be able to host the F1 event next time. So what better way to fill up seats than to give away tickets worth RM800?
We didn’t manage to get a picture of a Ferarri 360 Modena that parked here as well. I bet the owner regretted bringing his Ferarri here because he’ll probably need to wash the car after the event.
It pays to keep your formal college’s student ID. Just make sure you don’t give it back/let them punch a hole on it/let them cut it into pieces. For me, I’m still a student at the college, but they’re probably wondering why I haven’t enrolled on my 3rd semester. My dad got a few letters on that last year.
The area before the gates to the grandstand.
The race starts at 3pm but I had to drive up to Nilai so I was up at about 8am and reached Nilai at close to 10pm. Had a quick lunch and quickly drove up to Sepang. As expected, it was jammed there. I would say we were caught in the jam for an hour, including looking for the parking area and everything. We only managed to get to our seats at 2:30pm, just in time to see the teams warm up. Not that they need any warming up since the day was extremely hot.
Parking. RM50 for 3 days. RM50 even if you come for the Sunday race only. What a rip off!
I think Sepang still earns a bit of money through the parking. They charge RM50 for a parking space. Look at the picture of the Porshe above. The owner paid RM50 to park at some hillslope with lots of holes (I burned the clutch on one of the holes) and with no exits. So basically once you park there, you can’t get out until the race is over because everyone double parks and they even park at the exits, leaving you no space to maneuver. Very poorly organized. I would expect much better when you charge people RM50. And big shots still complain that people don’t turn up for F1 events.
The “F” stand.
Anyways, we were supposed to park at PA2. BUT we have to go all the way to PF1 because that’s where our stand is. So we illegally parked at PF1 although the guy there stopped us at the entrance because we had a PA2 parking sticker, but he had to let us go because there was a car coming up behind.
See the red shirt red cap guy under the white umbrella? He’s making sure you buy their overpriced drinks and food by throwing out all your “outside” drinks and food. And they say no one is interested in watching F1 at Sepang.
We actually just walked through the gates by showing our id. No tickets, no wristband or anything. Kinda dangerous considering that they can sue you for trespassing if they found you without a ticket.
The view from the stand. Not bad considering we can see the starting grid, 2 straights and 3 corners.
Luckily it wasn’t raining. But it wasn’t cloudy either.
Some fanatic fans trying to stir up the atmosphere. I think they got the biggest cheer from the crowd when they say “Malaysia Boleh!”
Some of us from Inti who went. Left to right: Jia Ying’s friend, Jia Ying, Zho Ying, my brother Tzy Shih and me.
The race started promptly at 3pm. 10 seconds later the winner was decided. If you have been following that race, you’ll know that McLaren secured their 1st and 2nd position from the first corner during the first lap and managed to keep it that way till the race ended. It was amazing watching Alonso widening the gap between his team mate and the 2 Ferarri cars behind him. At one point he was ahead 9 seconds. So we saw his car pass by and disappear and 9 seconds later we see another McLaren being tailed closely by 2 Ferarris.
Sometime during the race.
Not sure why this one turned out blurry.
And there’s a screen showing what’s going on during the race.
Overall it was an okay race. But you get thirsty and hungry after a while. And having being robbed of your bottle of water and food, you just have to wait for the race to finish and get out of there. The hot weather didn’t help much.
A sea of people.
And then jam. BHR4011, I hope you’re reading this because you used the emergency lane during the jam and you thought no one knew.
And MBG 9308. Any traffic police reading this?
Went for dinner and then I took a nap before driving back down to Subang. A little bit of jam at the Sungai Besi toll plaza but other than that, it was a smooth drive back.
Should have used the other way back.
Not as bad as it looks.
So yea, amazing weekend. Great race by McLaren. And it’s Thursday once more! How time flies! It’ll be friday and the weekend tomorrow! Nothing much planned up for this weekend. A bit of rest perhaps?
Note to self: The federal highway doesn’t jam on Sunday night at 9pm. Continue reading