Saturday April 18, 2009
I was really looking forward to the Malaysian F1 GP this year. This is because after so many seasons of the GP in Malaysia, finally I could get to watch it from the Grandstand itself.
I drove with my brother there. I left my home fairly early and drove via the new Maju Expressway. Right after the KLIA toll, there was massive bottleneck congestion all the way to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC). The organisers and the traffic policemen seemed to be "helpless" and at the same time, incapable of helping the excited spectators get to the track.
By the time we were about 3km from the track, it was already 5pm, the race start time
Now, the organisers claimed that the best way to reach SIC is by the shuttle buses strategically located around the Klang Valley. Guess what? The shuttles were stuck as well and most of the passengers had to walk to the track for about 2km. By now, it was well past 5pm.
Luckily, the shuttle buses could ferry spectators around the track to the designated areas such as grandstand, hill stand, etc. It was free as well.
We managed to hop onto a bus. Then it started to rain. I had a chat with the driver. It seemed that this particular driver was not supposed to service the internal SIC route. He was supposed to ferry passengers from the LCCT to the track only.
He was confused with the locations of the drop-offs as he was not given proper instructions. We arrived at the grandstand entrance at 6pm and ran all the way to our seats in the rain.
When we arrived, it was 33 laps already and the race was stopped. I just managed to catch a glimpse of the Brawn GP and Ferrari at the back of the safety car. Close to 7pm, the race stewards announced that the race had ended.
Disappointed spectators had to miss the race altogether.
So we went out of the track. It was chaotic. Nobody knew where the shuttle buses were headed. No signage and no coordinators. We arrived at the parking area after more than 40 minutes of walking. I was lucky to find our car in the dark. But we noticed there were people who couldn't find their car. Tourists were even more lost in the darkness.
Disgruntled F1 Fan
This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.