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On Sunday March 30 2014, the crème de la crème of motor sport will descend on Malaysia for the second race of the Formula One season. Reigning champion, German ace Sebastian Vettel, will be determined to build upon last year’s victory and claim his fourth win at the event overall, but Hamilton, Alonso and co will all be present, attempting to throw the proverbial spanner in the works. The backdrop for the Grand Prix is amongst the most alluring in F1’s glamorous schedule, as indeed is the host country as a whole.
Sepang International Circuit is the setting for the race, just a stone’s throw from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The main event only lasts for a day (three if you include qualifying), so why not make the most of your surroundings as part of a longer break?
Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: everything you need to know
2014 Malaysian Grand Prix: setting
The second race of the 2014 Grand Prix takes place at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Held 28 - 30 March, it promises to be a dizzying spectacle. Sepang International Circuit, which has hosted the Malaysian GP since 1999, is an unusual track, characterised by a series of very sharp bends that see the road effectively double back on itself. Situated 60km south of the Malaysian capital, the 5.5km track is raced in a clockwise direction, with the 2014 GP consisting of 56 laps.
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2014 Malaysian Grand Prix: ticketing
The Malaysian GP is one of the most attractively priced races on the calendar. While ‘cheap’ may be stretching it a bit, it’s certainly affordable. The primary grandstands are situated close to the tight hairpin at the centre of the course. The upper tier of the Mall Area is graded from Topaz (cheapest) to Diamond, with the lower tier ranging from Citrine to Crystal. The cheapest tickets are for the Hill Stand, which is partially covered.
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2014 Malaysian Grand Prix: weekend schedule
Aside from a 3pm press conference on Thursday 27 March, the action begins in earnest with practising at 10am on Friday. The second session is to be held at 2pm followed by a pit lane walk in the evening. A final practice session is scheduled for Saturday morning before qualifying begins at 4pm. Malaysian Super Series races will take place on Sunday 30 March followed by the main event at 4pm.
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2014 Malaysian Grand Prix: nightlife in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, or KL to those too lazy to utter five syllables in succession, is a booming Asian city that attracts global tourists and global business. Amidst all the F1 action, you’ll definitely want to sample the nightlife this insomniac city has to offer. Karaoke is popular in the city centre bars and clubs, but if you’re not enticed by this hugely popular Asian pastime, head to Rootz Rooftop Bar. Velvet curtains, jewelled chandeliers and ornate paintings lend this sophisticated bar an air of Renaissance glamour. Très chic, as they probably don’t say in Kuala Lumpur.
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2014 Malaysian Grand Prix: shopping in Kuala Lumpur
The Asians love their shopping and the Malaysians who call KL their home especially love their shopping. You will too once you’ve glimpsed the wares inside its monster malls. Size isn’t everything of course; housed inside the capital’s glittering malls you’ll find bijou designer stores selling hand-crafted jewellery alongside designer gear in glass-fronted emporiums. For cut-price brands including Cartier and Rolex, head to Petaling Street in Chinatown.
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