Petronas wants to ‘bring back’ F1 to Malaysia in 2026
  • The Malaysian oil company last year agreed to a three-year naming rights agreement with SIC.
  • Petronas currently partners with Mercedes beyond 2026

Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas is the naming rights partner of the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and is aiming to return to F1 in 2026. Reuters.

The Malaysian Grand Prix was held at the circuit from 1999 to 2017, but was removed from the calendar due to declining spectator numbers and rising costs of hosting races.

Rumors of the race’s return initially surfaced after Petronas agreed to a three-year naming rights deal with SIC in October last year.

Reuters reported that Petronas President and CEO Tengku Muhammad Tawfik Tengku Aziz explained the company’s plans to return to F1 on January 30 at an internal town hall.

If successful, F1 will return to the SIC after a nine-year hiatus. The circuit continues to host motorsport series including MotoGP.

Petronas’ current involvement in F1 is through its long-term partnership with Mercedes, which began with the team’s entry into the series in 2010. report The US$75 million annual contract has been extended beyond 2026. September 2022.

Last year, Malaysian Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh said it was “completely impossible” to host F1 in Malaysia again given the cost.

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