(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)
Formula One’s new era of 1.6 litre V6 turbo charged power units has brought with it a new fan base according to Malaysian Grand Prix organiser Razlan Razali.
Razali confirmed that the circuit were very concerned last year following feedback from the Australian Grand Prix organisers, however when it came to their own race weekend they discovered that the new era of Formula One had attracted more families to the circuit for the entire Grand Prix weekend.
Razali stated that although he wasn’t happy with the new sound of Formula One he was happy as it has attracted ‘a new breed of fan base’.
The 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix proved to be extremely exciting as it resulted in the first of many 1-2 finishes for the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team with Lewis Hamilton securing his first of eleven Grand Prix victories.
Razali’s comments contradict those of Formula One commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone who stated that Formula One does not need young fans as they cannot afford to attend Grand Prix however if families attend Grand Prix together it will secure young fans and once they get a taste of the sport they will become life time fans.
© Ben Johnston 2015