2011 Malaysian Grand Prix discussion

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2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

50 comments on “2011 Malaysian Grand Prix discussion”

  1. I will be in KL on the 8th,9th,& 10th April 2011. Was planning to go to GP, but leaving KL @ 11.50pm, i need to know what time the race starts and finishes?

    1. the race starts at 4pm in the afternoon and should last about almost 2hrs. i’ll be in KL as well on 9-11 april 2011 and planning to go to sepang…

  2. going to Sepang for the first time and staying in KL-any advice on reasonable cost transport from city to track and back?

    1. This has all the answers:


      KL is also interconnected with multiple rail lines, so getting to KL Sentral by rail shouldn’t be a problem too.

      Just a tip, though – bring sturdy shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting some dirt on. When we went in 2009, that was the year the race was cut because of the monsoon. The bus station was a bit… muddy, to say the least.

      1. very grateful for the transport inormation – I guess rail will be a lot quicker and less dependent on traffic.If we did decide to go by sky bus or the like,do we need to book in advance??

        1. Not sure, TBH. More info on Skybus here:


          There’s a link to buy tickets, so I guess booking in advance is recommended.

    2. I am staying in central KL, i have visited the city before and i recall a friends telling me the track is quite close to the airport?

      1. What is the best way to get to the track from downtown KL?

      2. Can i get a bus?

      3. I know of the train station called KL “Sentral”, is there a particular station to get off and then commute to the race??


      1. As listed above, there are a number of websites outlining travel options.

        You can take the bus or both bus and train. You are correct, KLIA is near the track. There are trains out to KLIA, and then buses to the track. The train goes from Sentral and there are fast and less-fast trains. There are also buses that go from KL Sentral out to the track. You can buy single tickets or 3 day passes – there were booths set up for all the different options last time I used KL Sentral.

        It’s hard to say which is best – all of them get you to the track, although expect it to take a while as the traffic tends to be dreadful. From memory all are airconditioned. Which you choose depends on where you stay and your budget.


  3. Anybody knows what malaysian gp tickets look like? Im just wondering because there’s a print at home ticket. So, would it be like movie / airline tickets? Or like in singapore grand prix 2010 (this is my point of comparison because this is the only gp ive watched live) where they give plastic IDs with lanyard for each day and you have to wear all the time?

    Also, are there shops surrounding the track where you can buy survival kits (poncho and earplugs)? They have it in sgp2010 as well.


    1. I bought my ticket on the F1 website a couple of months ago and don’t remember being given the choice of printing it myself. I thought I was just to collect it at the track by giving them a print-out from the website.

    2. It’s a lot like an airline ticket – a hard piece of paper which has your designated seats.

      Singapore’s is very unique – I’ve been to 3 GPs in Asia and it’s still the only one with lanyards (which are really cool, may I add).

      Yes, there are shops for the survival kit. It’s at the start of the main walkway heading to the main grandstands. That said, the kit there is a bit too pricey for my taste. I recommend you try buying your poncho and plugs at stores within the city to save on spending.

  4. does anyone know where i can buy the F1 tickets (physical store) in Sunway or any where in KL?


  5. Hi Cherly, there is a booth set up over at KL Sentral. There is a permanent store as well (near to CIMB Bank) that sells merchandises.

    1. Thanks alot Kalash_s.


  6. When I went a few years back there was a Grand Prix Skybus ticket. It got you out of KL and to the track via a fee changes with a final bus in to the circuit, very easy and very cheap. Most F1 fans inthe city will be doing the same so you feel safe all together. Take plenty of water, as they were only selling water by the bottle, there was no free source. Have a great time.

  7. does anyone know if you have to pre book tickets or are they easy to get in KL?

    1. I don’t think they have ever sold out… but when you try and buy the cheap tickets at the gate they tell you that section is sold out and make you buy the more epensive stands. So, depends on how much you were going to spend really! Tickets almost 100% likely to be available, but at a cost.

      1. Agree – Sepang as a whole rarely sells out, but some specific sections do (usually those in the Main Grandstand).

        My tip: If you want a specific section at the main grandstand (in front of your favorite team’s pits or in front of the podium), better to pre-book now. If you’re not picky with your seat, you can wait until you get to KL if you know where to buy there. The Turn 1 stand (the next best choice after the main stands) rarely get full nowadays, so you should be able to get seats for that stand at least.

  8. Thanks to AirAsia, I will experience my first ever Paddock pass! I’m so looking forward to the race! :D

    1. Awesome, how did you get that?!

      1. i won a contest from them :D

  9. I am there! Grand Stand F!

    1. awesome! going to Rain’s concert too?

      1. Nope, flight to Singapore is after the race unfortunately

  10. In headed for the race after a one year hiatus. Grand stand F as well, turn 7 turn 8! Woohoo!

    With luck, I will be meeting Eddie Irvine as well!!!

    1. Eddie Irvine?? What is that guy doing nowadays?! How did you get that chance?

  11. I will be going down to the Malaysian Grand Prix this year, will be at K1 Grandstand sector D! Will be there from 7th to 11th April 2011, likely to stay at the airport hotels. Unfortunately, Pan Pacific is fully booked.

    This will be my first Malaysian GP, previously having attended the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Singapore Grands Prix!

  12. This will be my first visit to Malaysia and the Malaysaian GP. I was due to go to Bahrain but we all know the story on that. I could not get a refund on my flight ticket (and insurance does not cover civil unrest) but KLM agreed to give me credit on an other flight so Malaysia here we come. Got a good deal at the Sheraton Hotel.

    Transport to the circuit looks straight forward. They have a bus from KL Sentral to the circuit. http://www.malaysiangp.com.my/node/24 and KL Sentral appears to be well served by the metro system.

  13. I am coming over from Australia. Thinking about K1 stand as I want the best experience I can, this is my first GP. Is this a good choice for seating?

    1. The best choice will depend on what you want from your ticket. The main grandstand provides a view of the pits, the start/finish straight and of course the proceedings in pit lane – cars, drivers, team personnel etc and dancing/national anthem etc, so if it’s your first ever race you might want that.

      That said, the main grandstand is pretty expensive compared to K1. From K1 you have turn 1 directly in front of you, and views of turns 2 and 3 heading into turn 4 depending on where in K1 you are. I like watching from K1 with the cars heading directly towards you at the start into Turn 1.

      I have K1 tickets for this year (as well as last year) – however, I have pit straight tickets for Australia, so have already experienced the pit straight experience at the 1st race!

      Good luck and have fun!

      1. Thanks drmikki,

        K1 it is for me then, question though all of the places that I find for buying on-line do not give you a choice of seats in K1. Do you know if this is the case or is there a reputable company that give me an option?

        Also, the prices seem to vary greatly as well. What shoul I expect to pay?


        1. I would only buy from the official source at the sepang circuit website- http://www.sepangcircuit.com/eticket/#

          It’s abt 200 AUD (600 ringgit) for K1 grandstand, and you can choose your seat (it gives you a choice between “choose seat” and “best available”. If you are heading here alone then there are still single seats available in the front rows of the grandstand!

  14. AnyOne know from Past experience how long the bus from KL sentral to the track takes?

    1. should be less than 2 hours without traffic jam or rain. come to the circuit early!

  15. Thanks Very Much drmikki,

    I now have tickets in K1 – Platinum Block F – Row X – Seats 4 & 5

    Come and say Hi and I will buy you a beer for your help :-)


  16. hi, greeting from malaysia and first time writing here.
    been to the race 3 times already and always drove there early coz the traffic is quite heavy especially 1 hour before the race. best if u can take the train from KL Sentral if you’r staying in KL. they also have buses from there but i think you have to depend on the traffic. Places to stay: partying -KL; quite and sight seeing- Putrajaya, our capital administration, they have 101 Marriot and Pullman, i will try to be around that place in case can catch the driver staying there heheheh!

  17. I need your help. If I buy a cheap ticket (K2, C2), will I allow to walk to other area to take some picture? I don’t really need a seat. Instead, I just need to find a spot I can take some “reasonable” picture :)

  18. hye. i have 2 tickets for sale for crystal main grand stand. only RM 999 per ticket. row J seat 17& 18. do email me : ffieda_kn@yahoo.com if interested. I cant join coz have to attend my BFF wedding ceremony.

  19. On Friday, it’s free access for everyone (even without ticket) including the main grandstand.
    If we’re lucky like last year, they open free pit walk for those with children. i manage to get there with my daughter and luckily lewis and jensen came out to meet us.They are so nice and took their time to sign autograph and shake hands, but we missed trulli and heiki.Sat & Sun, only concourse area are free but usually it’s where they held the signing session, car display plus driver appearance. You can take free shuttle buses that runs continuously around the circuit and the shuttles stop for drop-offs and pick-ups at every gate and grandstand. browse http://www.malaysiangp.com.my for the latest event.

    Lastly if you happen to be here this week come and join the street demo and meet & greet session – Sat 2nd- Team Lotus @ Putrajaya , Sun 3rd – Red Bull @ KL Bukit Bintang & Wed 6th – Merc Petronas @ KLCC. Been to KLCC last year and it was great to see schummy and nico upclose.

  20. This will be my first GP I’ve gone to since the Australian GP in Adelaide. So damn looking forward to it.

    5 of us from Perth, Australia are going and have even got our own t-shirts made up for it. You won’t be able to miss us.

  21. For the last two years I have been trying to go but couldn’t, hope I will be third time lucky in 2012. Hope you all have a nice time.

  22. update- they have free Kids’ Pitwalk for Children on friday afternoon after practice session. adult accompany the children are allowed. well, if you’re lucky the driver will come out to see you like last year.

  23. Hi,

    I have 4-6 tickets for the race in Malaysia. I cant go because of work. Looking to sell them. They are Grandstand Ruby first row right next to the flag. If someone wants to buy all 6, you can take our parking pass with it too. In case someone is interested, pls mail at shubhsoberoi@gmail.com. you can check out the seating at :http://www.sepangcircuit.com/story/sepang-circuits-seat-viewerhttp://www.sepangcircuit.com/eticket/f1/


  24. I am going to KL in 2012 and trying to buy tickets in Grandstand F but I cantfind any reference to Platinum block, nor can I convince the website to choose tickets that are not in the bottom left of the stand, I want top right or at least top middle. Anyone know how to driove the ticket website?

    1. For some reason can’t login here, blaming Korea’s internet – this is drmikki.

      Anyhoo, on the sepang website, you go to tickets, choose your grandstand, it asks you numbers and if you can split, then it will (very slowly, at least here!) bring up a map of the circuit (java…) – the grandstand you have chosen will be divided into blocks, in the case of F grandstand it’s in 3 sections and they show as yellow squares. Click on one of these and it will (verryyyyy slowly) bring up a map of the entire grandstand and you can click on available seats. You should also be able to bring up the view from the section.

      Hope that helps – my netbook is having issues with it currently, but I think that is more my computer and Korean net than the website (hopefully!). There is also a phone number that you can try if the web fails you.

      Finally, since this site has been rejigged last week, I think these threads are moving to the forum, so if you have more questions then please locate or start a ‘Malaysia 2012’ thread over there :)

  25. Thanks it was trying to do it on Firefox that was causing me grief, changed to IE, reinstalled Java and got it working now. Thanks

  26. Hi There,

    Have booked hotels and flights to go to KL next year (2012) and will be around for the race. Have yet to buy tickets, will not go for anything too expensive, but can anyone give some good advice about getting to/from the circuit from downtown KL? In terms of where to sit, I was thinking maybe F grandstand. I’d even be happy with a hill stand ticket, but can anyone give further advice on good places to watch the race?

    Cheers (UK)

    1. When you buy your tickets from the Sepang Circuit website, there is an option to get the KLIA train pass for the race weekend. It leaves from the KL Sentral train and takes you to the airport where you get a shuttle bus to the track.

      It makes it super simple and easy (unless the bus you are on is involved in an accident like on the Saturday this year).

    2. Also, for this years race we had Topaz tickets (Mall Grandstand, Southern side, Upper Tier) and we could see half the circuit. Good passing spots on the long straight and a hairpin in view.

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