Malaysian Grand Prix organisers will need to invest in upgrading the Sepang circuit's facilities if they want to remain on the F1 calendar

Formula 1’s main man has highlighted his wish to have the Malaysian Grand Prix extended past its current contact – due to expire in 2015 – but also issued a warning that the organisers of the race must improve the quality of the Sepang circuit’s facilities, including the completion of an ongoing program of maintenance.

Speaking to The Star newspaper, Eccelstone said, “They need to finish what they started. It is obviously not the same as Singapore. Maybe because they don’t spend the money.”

Eccelstone was still optimistic about the future of the race, however, and when asked if he would like to extend the events contract said: “Of course, as long as they want us. They do a very good job. And it’s a good circuit, I think. There are no dramas and all the people are very nice and good to deal with.”

Here at the circuit, as well as in other parts of Sepang and Kuala Lumpur, the need for maintenance – such as the painting and cleaning of buildings – is evident.

While the track surface itself is in excellent condition, the need for improvements to pedestrian walkways and spectator facilities within the circuit, such as toilets, is also evident.

Samuel McCrossen
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