Your trackside guide to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.All photos © f1destinations.com. The 2017 Malaysia Grand Prix at Sepang was the last Formula 1 race at the venue for the foreseeable future. We have left this guide online as much of the information is relevant for fans attending MotoGP or other races at the circuit. Sadly, this will be the last Malaysia GP for the foreseeable future. The organizers have ended their F1 contract one year early and will concentrate on MotoGP. Even though Sepang is considered one of the driver’s favorites and remains one of the cheapest races on the calendar, it has never attracted strong local attendances, especially when compared to the night race in neighboring Singapore. Nevertheless, plenty of die hard fans will be sad to see Sepang leave the calendar. It’s an excellent circuit for trackside viewing, with great views from most vantage points.
Access & Orientation
- Arriving on the transit bus from the airport (KLIA)? You will be dropped off in the parking area a few minutes walk from the circuit entrance, which is close to the Welcome Centre and K1 grandstand, and not far from the main grandstands and mall area. Read Getting There & Around for more information on how to get to Sepang.
- If you hold a ticket for one of the other parts of the circuit (F Grandstand, Start Stand or C2 Hillstand for example), then we recommended taking the internal circuit shuttle bus to your gate, saving you a hot and sweaty walk. Buses run every 15 minutes over the weekend (get on near the Welcome Centre), but the service can be overcrowded and disorganized, particularly after qualifying and the race when there is a rush for the buses. There is also no rain shelter; you’ve been warned.
- Driving to Sepang? Be sure to enter the car park area which corresponds to your ticket and entry point. There are around 18000 parking spaces at Sepang and parking tickets can be bought together with race tickets on the main Sepang website. They cost from 30 RM for 3 days (for spaces close to the C2 Hillstand) up to 100 RM for spaces closer to the main grandstands and mall area.
- Remember that it is forbidden to bring in any food or drink into the circuit.
- Gates open at 08:00.
On-track actionThe support schedule for the final F1 race in Malaysia is missing Formula 2 and GP3, but does benefit from the addition of FIA Formula 4 SEA, which should see some close racing from Asia’s next crop of F1 hopefuls. Believe it or not, but there will be six Formula 4 races over the course of the weekend! Two other series will also feature – Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and the Malaysia Championship Series for touring cars. Click here to view the full weekend timetable for the 2017 Malaysia GP.
Friday, September 29
- 08:45-09:10: FIA Formula 4 SEA practice
- 09:30-10:15: Porsche Carrera Cup practice
- 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 free practice 1
- 12:50-13:15: FIA Formula 4 SEA qualifying
- 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 free practice 2
- 17:00-17:30: FIA Formula 4 SEA race one
- 17:50-18:20: Malaysia Championship Series practice
Saturday, September 30
- 09:15-09:45: FIA Formula 4 SEA race two
- 10:05-10:25: Malaysia Championship Series qualifying
- 10:55-11:25: FIA Formula 4 SEA race three
- 11:45-12:15: Malaysia Championship Series race one
- 12:00-12:45: F1 Driver’s Fan Forum (mall area stage)
- 12:35-13:05: FIA Formula 4 SEA race four
- 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 free practice 3
- 15:20-15:50: Porsche Carrera Cup qualifying
- 17:00-18:00: Formula 1 qualifying
Sunday, October 1
- 10:00-10:30: FIA Formula 4 SEA race five
- 10:30-11:30: F1 Driver’s Autograph Session TBC (mall area stage)
- 10:50-11:20: Malaysia Championship Series race two
- 11:40-12:10: FIA Formula 4 SEA race six
- 12:30-13:05: Porsche Carrera Cup race
- 13:30-13:40: F1 driver’s track parade
- 15:00-17:00: 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix (56 laps or 120 mins)
Fan’s pitlane walk: This is reserved for holders of the new Premium Tribune tickets this year. Previously this was held on Friday evening around 18:30. Access is from the mall area behind the main grandstand (via underpass to the pits.)