Are you ready to rev it up?
The Formula One is back this year in Malaysia, and there's no doubt that it's one of the most entertaining and exhilarating sports in the international scene. The Petronas Malaysia F1 Grand Prix will unfold from 8-10 April 2011 at the Sepang International Circuit.
If you're planning to watch the F1 race live on the tracks, then you're most likely expected to spend the day at the race track. Some basic items are sold at most race tracks, but you should prepare your own essentials instead of just bringing your tickets/ passes to the race.
With that Koolred has compiled a little checklist that will make the day fun-filled and comfortable for you (this will be a good guide for first timers at a F1 race too).
For starters, find out where you will be seated. If you are seated in the Grandstand area (more expensive seats), there are roofs that give you some shade but sun block is still encouraged. If you are seated at the Hillstand areas (cheaper tickets), you're in for a lot of sunlight! Be prepared for unpredicted rain- hence, bring an umbrella. The Hillstand is where all the true F1 fans are at! They're loud, fun and truly fun to be with. You might want to pack a mat or a lazy chair so that you don't need to sit on the grass. Wherever you choose to sit- be it at the Grandstand or Hillstand, sunglasses or shades is a must. It's advisable to wear comfortable shoes and light cotton clothing at the race.
Try to be at the circuit a good two hours before the race. The main area is where all the F1 shops, activities (like face-painting) and games are held. You should be in your seat an hour before the race, as there will be all kinds of events (drivers' parade, Q&A session, etc.) before the actual race begins. Also, it's good to be early as it is not as straight-forward to go to your seats. For those seated at the Hillstand, you can take a free bus shuttle to your seats. Bus shuttles pick up and drop off passengers at several locations within the circuit.
If you intend to drive, you'll need to purchase a parking ticket. If you would like to buy them beforehand, you may buy them online, at the Sepang Ticket Counter or at the SIC ticket booths in the Klang Valley. However some tickets are sold on-site at the circuit entry points during the race days on a first-come, first-serve basis. For this ticket type, you'll need to purchase a 3-day parking ticket as 1 or 2-day tickets are not available.
You can also use public transportation to get to the circuit via train, bus or taxi. The Sky Bus and KLIA Transit are ideal options as they're cheap and reliable.
Food and Drinks
You're not allowed to bring food and drinks to the race, so make sure to have a proper meal before embarking to the circuit. However you can still purchase food before the race as there are many stalls that serve food and cooling beverages to fill up your stomachs.
Make it worthwhile
Keep in mind that attending a live race event is very much different from a televised event. When you're watching from the stands, it will leave you without the commentary. Bring a radio and headphones so that you can listen to the race and the pit crew to keep track of what is going on throughout the race. If you are seated at the Grandstand, the use of earplugs is advisable to the race (if you forget them, you can purchase them from the main area). You can also bring a camera (and make sure it's fully charged or bring an extra set of batteries) to grab some great shots of the race.
Do you think it's gonna Rain?
You bet! While many of us hope that actual rain does not pour down on us during the race, Korean heartthrob Rain will be taking centre stage at the helipad of the circuit on 10 April. The Asian R&B sensation will be performing live after the final race at 7pm- more the reason to bring a camera, eh? In order to see Rain perform, you have to buy a ticket to the F1 race.
In conjunction with the Malaysian Grand Prix, AirAsia presents Team Lotus live in Putrajaya.
Catch all the action this Saturday, 2 April 2011 from 10am to 4pm. Set your sights on Team Lotus taking to the streets of Malaysia's administrative capital. Also not to be missed are the the Drift & Malaysian Super Series Demo, Pocket bike and power board stunt that will simply blow your mind.
Fans can also meet the Team Lotus drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen at the AirAsia booth at 3.30pm.
See it all live at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya.