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2014-03-28 07:35

HOT STUFF: A technician checks the super-hot track ahead of the 2014 Malaysian F1 GP at Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, on March 27. The track might be hot but local enthusiasm for F1 seems to be cooling. Image: AFP / Ed Jones

PATRICK JOHNSTON

SEPANG, Malaysia - The head of the Malaysian Grand Prix operation has said fans' reaction to Formula 1's new era will play a role in deciding whether the race will stay on the calendar.

Sepang International Circuit chief executive Razlan Razali says talks to extend the contract beyond 2015's expiry will begin this weekend.

TICKET SALES DOWN

He told theNew Straits Times newspaper that F1's new rules and quiet engines "have affected the atmosphere of the race - we'll want to see more of how this issue develops".

Razali said ticket sales for this weekend's race were down, as expected, with the nation in a sombre mood because of the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
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