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Ecclestone: Sepang could use a “paint job”

Mar 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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While Formula One leader Bernie Ecclestone hopes he’ll be able to extend the current contract for the Malaysian Grand Prix (due to expire in 2015), the British billionaire is also leaning on race organizers to complete their renovations on the Sepang International Circuit — mentioning that it needed a “paint job.”

“They need to finish what they started,” Ecclestone told The Star of Malaysia. “It is obviously not the same as Singapore. Maybe because they don’t spend the money.”

The Sepang circuit, which can seat up to 130,000 fans and lies south of the country’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, opened in 1999 with Formula One making its debut there that year. Organizers are currently in the second year of a five-year refurbishment project to the facility, with The Star reporting that the next main priority is the installation of a roof at the track’s paddock area, as well as additional public restrooms and surau, or prayer rooms.

The roof is set to be completed in time for the track’s MotoGP event in October.

However, outside of refurbishing Sepang, Ecclestone appears relatively happy with the Malaysian Grand Prix and wants to keep it on the F1 calendar for a while — telling The Star that “there are no dramas” involved in working with organizers there.

  1. worknman24hours - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    That’s “Bernie code” for you better do something to make the place look better or we won’t come back after the current contract expires.

    • apexassassin - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      and “I want more money.”

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