The decision makers of the Malaysia GP namely Ministry of Finance, Sepang International Circuit and Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) should consider the preservation of the Brand, particularly the world FIA champion unchalleged for several seasons Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team which is synonymous with SIC as its home.
Khairy: Malaysia should ‘take a break’ from hosting F1 race
BY NST ONLINE – 24 OCTOBER 2016 @ 8:53 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today expressed his support for a temporary halt to Malaysia hosting the Formula 1 races.
Addressing the matter via his Twitter handle @Khairykj, the minister said there were many compelling factors to support the idea, including high costs and limited returns. He said that when Malaysia first began hosting the F1 races in 1999, it was the first Asian country outside of Japan to do so.
“Now, there are so many venues. There is no first-mover advantage; it’s no longer a novelty,” he said. Khairy cited reasons such as declining ticket sales and TV viewership figures, as well as foreign visitors now having the option of seeing the races in Singapore, China and the Middle East.
His comments came in the wake of the revelation by Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali today, who said SIC is mulling the future of the race in Malaysia. Razlan had said that a special meeting would be held this week with SIC’s major stakeholder, the Finance Ministry, with regards to the future of the sporting event in Malaysia.
He said consistently declining F1 ticket sales and TV viewership figures were among the factors behind the move.
Meanwhile, Khairy engaged Twitter users on the subject, and fielded questions. He said SIC should bid for less costly races, like the Japan GT, in response to a query on what can be done to avoid turning the Sepang circuit into a ‘white elephant.’
On a question as to why the Singapore Grand Prix had in contrast enjoyed success, Khairy said the Singapore leg benefited from its novelty factor. “It’s a night race in the city (which is done) no where else in the world. Even then, (their) ticket sales are down,” he said.
Khairy maintained that Malaysia should continue to host the MotoGP, which has maintained a sellout crowd. The Moto 2 and Moto 3 races, he said, also has the added boost of having Malaysian riders.
The minister said SIC could instead also spend more on development and increase public access to track days. “Local racers such as Jazeman Jaafar, Nabil Jeffri and Akash Nandy are having a tough time getting sponsors.
A fraction of the F1 hosting fee can help them and more,” he said. Jazeman is a driver with HTP Motorsports in the Blancpain GT Series and the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Nabil Jeffri races for Arden Motorsport in GP2.
The comment from the concession holder and local operator of Malaysia GP argues that since Mercedes AMG Pertonas has been ‘monopolising’ the entire season of the FIA F1 circuit globally for a few season as overall champions, it has digressed on exciting for fans and TV viewers world wide.
Event in Malaysia, ticket sales have been dwindling down through the years. Also tv viewership.
In Singapore, where the city-state is offering the only night race in the 20 race circuit worldwide, is suffering the same symptoms.
It is unwise to sacrifice commercial takings at the expense pf branding when Petronas is synonymous with the Mercedes AMG Petronas team and SIC is their home turf.
It is like Italian GP at Monza, home of the Scuderia Ferrari F! team where the team is synonymous with Santander and Shell are two title partner sponsors.
Malaysia, through KBS, should find ways to strategically capitalise and optimise on the branding on Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and SIC, for the nation.
Maybe other global renown brands like Mutiara Crowne Hotel, Danna or even Pelangi, national carrier Malaysia Airlines and globally renown banking group Maybank, to come together and lend the strength of joint-co-branding for generating a new hype of interests amongst the motor sports enthusiasts, high net worth individuals and targeted corporations to commit into the Malaysia GP for the net three years.
The ability to continuously hype the attention on Malaysia as a high technology motorsports itinerary would also be beneficial if and when Lotus is ready to introduce their products, easier planned by 2018-2020. This will complement the industry.
Branding is a powerful tool. Minister Khairy Jamaluddin should be able to distinguish the merits of brands that are already riding high on the top without a real challenger, which should be optimise to the fullest all his strategic programs of ‘Fit Malaysia – the high-octane segment and capitalise on it.
After all, for Malaysia GP Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir considered of installing lighting facility all over at the GP track for the Malaysia GP could be race at night, it a proper built motorcading circuiting,
Giving it up now where the figures are dwindling isn’t enthusiastic ways of marking up an mark, on a turf to be repackaged into greater heights, mainly on the consideration of lowered ticket sales.