Malaysia drops Formula 1 due to falling spectators
Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo won for Red Bull in October, with the race attracting only 45,000 fans.
“From the longer term perspective, it’s probably the correct decision because it’s more expensive and no longer that attractive,” said Nazri Abdul Aziz, the country’s culture and tourism minister.
There is now speculation that Singapore will also reconsider its position in holding an F1 Grand Prix. Singapore saw 100,000 spectators at its inaugural F1 in 2008, but only attracted 73,000 this year.
F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has been quoted as saying that Singapore doesn’t need the race anymore.
“Look at what we have done for Singapore,” Ecclestone was quoted as saying by Auto Motor und Sport. “Yes, the Grand Prix has cost Singapore a lot of money, but we’ve also given them a lot of money.
“Singapore was suddenly more than just an airport to fly to or from somewhere. Now they believe they have reached their goal and they do not want a Grand Prix anymore.”