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Malaysian GP going ahead in face of MH370 plane crisis

Mar 17, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

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The CEO of Sepang International Circuit has foreshadowed a more subdued Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of the month, as the nation continues to deal with the crisis surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Beijing-bound flight disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew aboard, and an international search for the plane’s whereabouts is ongoing.

As for the Grand Prix, Sepang CEO Razlan Razali has told Agence France-Presse that the country’s citizens “are not in the mood for an event like this.”

“Everywhere – be it on radio, newspaper, TV or social media – it is all about finding MH370,” Razali said about the situation.

However, Razali did confirm that the race, which is the second round of this year’s Formula One World Championship, will indeed go on.

Understandably, plans are to keep the MH370 saga in mind as the track goes about hosting the Grand Prix.

“Whatever it is, Formula One will go on and the concert after [the race] will proceed, but we will be sensitive and not go overboard,” he added to AFP.

The March 30 race will be the 16th time that F1 has visited Malaysia.

  1. worknman24hours - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Well, let’s hope someone isn’t loading that maybe stolen jet with fuel and explosives to crash into the race.

    It’s a crazy world today.

    My heart goes out to the people with loved ones on that missing jet.

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