The Malaysian Grand Prix calendar will remain on the Formula 1 calendar up to and including the 2018 season after a new three-year deal was inked between Formula One Management (FOM) and the Sepang International Circuit.

After a thrilling Grand Prix on Sunday – won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – the agreement will see the country host twenty consecutive Grands Prix by the end of its new deal.

Malaysian petrol giant Petronas will continue to provide naming rights support to the event, as it has done since the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999.

Prior to last weekend’s race, the Malaysian Grand Prix was the only event on this year’s calendar not to have its future locked in beyond the end of the current season, and the new deal now puts to bed any concerns about its future.

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