Malaysian Grand Prix axed from Formula One calendar after 19 years

Axed: Malaysia Grand Prix: Getty Images

This year’s Malaysian Grand Prix will be the last on the Formula One calendar after track owners and F1 bosses agreed to terminate the race’s contract a year early

Sepang was added to the F1 calendar in 1999 and has hosted a grand prix every season since, but October’s scheduled race will be its last.

The Malaysian government had already said that it would not renew its current contract past the 2018 season but today reached an agreement to bring a premature end to the deal.

“It’s always sad to say goodbye to a member of the Formula 1 family,” said the sport’s commercial operations managing director Sean Bratches. “Over nearly two decades, the Malaysian Formula 1 fans have proven themselves to be some of the sport’s most passionate supporters.”

Track bosses have struggled with declining ticket sales, while a decline in viewers of the race and a drop in tourism were also cited as reasons before the split with F1.

Sepang, however, will continue to host a round of the MotoGP World Championship until 2021.

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