Monday, December 12, 2016

Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix


The Grand Prix has a long, illustrious history in Malaysia, dating back to 1962 when Singapore was a part of the Malaysian Federation. Held at Sepang Circuit since 1999, the Malaysian Grand Prix annually welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.



Each Grand Prix location is beautiful, exotic, and unique. What makes Kuala Lumpur stand out is its tropical temperatures and lush surroundings, making a tropical vacation so much more than just about laying out in a swimsuit.

Each track is different, too. The KL track offers long stretches of high-speed straights combined with exciting twists like a double hairpin turn at the very first corner.



I had the incredible honor of witnessing all this in person, in the coveted (and air conditioned) Paddock Club. Multiple course meals complemented with beverages both alcoholic and virgin made it an exquisite experience. We were situated right at the starting line, so watching the fanfare beforehand and the Winners' Circle after were an easy task.



Malaysia combined the history of Formula 1 with Malaysian culture by having traditional Malaysian performers dance and play music at the starting line before the race began.



I was able to do the Pit Walk, which is when you walk the pit lane and see every driver's station with their respective teams prepping for the race. It was almost an out-of-body experience being so close to the action. Having grown up with Grand Prix races on TV, it was a milestone to even be *at* one--to be working with them, even more so.


And the race was on! Everyone's favorite, Lewis Hamilton, got burnt out with engine failure of all things in the middle of the race. Instead of trying to play catch up after repairs, he (probably wisely) called it quits to save face for an impossible battle and got shuttled off the track. Another favorite, Nico Rosberg, dramatically moved on up from last place to third, overcoming Virtual Safety Car restrictions and a ten-second penalty for clipping another driver. He somehow landed third place, while Red Bull secured a scorching win with BOTH their drivers in the #1 and #1 positions (Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, respectively).



The cherry on top of this perfect day was concluding it with a post-race concert with Usher. I hung out backstage with his crew, danced, and sung my heart out to songs of nostalgia past. I will never not love Usher.


Thank you to the Malaysia Grand Prix team for having me. You've made a superfan of me. I can't wait to go to the next one!

To find out more about the Malaysia Grand Prix, check out the official website here.
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26 comments

  1. This looks like such a fun experience! I had no idea that Grand Prix was so big in Malaysia!

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  2. Seems like an amazing time. Great food

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  3. This all looks and sounds incredible!

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  4. Seems like such a fun time! I want to travel there someday x

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  5. I didn't know the Grand Prix was such a Lux experience!!

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  6. Wow this is so exciting that you were able to go!!

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  7. I'm an avid F1 follower and the Grand Prix of Malaysia is my favorite. I love the track and of course the architecture is beautiful. I loved this article because it showed us what is like to live a Grand Prix in style. I can't wait to read what happens next year

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  8. This made me want to go to a race so bad! I've only been to horse races & this seems so neat too! Zoom zoom!

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  9. This was such an amazing trip! The race was thrilling down to the last lap and the Paddock Club was everything it promised to be and more.

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  10. The race was thrilling down to the last lap and the Paddock Club was absolutely pristine. Never a better way to watch a race ❤️

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  11. Oh my gosh everything looked so perfect! And you got to be back stage with Usher?? Too cool!

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  12. I'm so jealous, this looks like so much fun! These photos are so great.

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  13. Wow! I wanna go next year! it looks amazing.

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  14. thats so cool! id love to go to the grand prix, but in malaysia would be awesome!!

    Xxx
    www.fashiondew.co.uk

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  15. Loved this post babe! Looks like such a fun time! I've always wanted to go to The Grand Prix!
    xoxo
    Abby @clothesandpizza

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  16. so nice dress!! And those decorations on the shoulders....

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  17. This seems like a pretty cool event to attend to. You also look so lovely in this dress and I hope you had fun.

    xoxo
    www.atsunamatsui.com

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  18. Wow! Looks like such a great day! I never knew that I wanted to go to a Grand Prix until now! I'm have to check one out!

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  19. I have never heard of this, but it looks like so much fun. Also very jealous you got to hang with Usher. Goals!

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  20. Looks like one of the funnest days EVER

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