Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Malaysia Rules Out Night F1 Race Idea

Wednesday August 1st, 2001

Malaysia has ruled out the idea of a Formula One night race at its state-of-the-art Sepang circuit, deeming it too dangerous, local newspapers said on Wednesday.

Britain's Autosport magazine reported last month that Malaysian race organisers had discussed the idea with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. While driver Eddie Irvine branded the idea ridiculous, his boss, Jaguar's Bobby Rahal, said the notion had merit.

But local media quoted Sepang's chairman Basir Ismail as saying he had parked the idea for good.

"It will cost a lot more but most importantly the drivers are not used to driving at night and it could be very dangerous as well. As such, the night race is definitely out," said Basir.

Formula One cars do not have headlights so a night race at Sepang would have meant lighting the circuit's 3.4 miles (5km).

Published at 08:23:52 GMT

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