Our trip started at KLCC just outside Petronas Twin Towers, where a bus ferried us to SIC for RM 16 (P224) one-way. For perspective, you can get to LCC Terminal, which is even farther, from KL Sentral for RM8 or 9. But for the convenience, the fare is fine for a one-hour trip out of Kuala Lumpur.
My hope was to get to F1 Village at the Welcome Centre early enough to catch the drivers' autograph session. I was targetting Michael Schumacher or Sebastian Vettel, my brother's heroes. But you had to be quite a fan for the kind of queue they had, so these are all I got. I really didn't know the drivers then. I just snapped what I could without actually seeing what I was shooting. The men in the crowd are just too tall!
HRT's Narathi Karthikeyan (I think)
Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo
I believe this is Sauber's Sergio Perez, with Kamui Kobayashi at the back
Marussia's Charles Pic with his cabbie
Most likely Jean-Eric Vergne
If I were an F1 driver, it would be taxing to meet and greet the fans when you have an important race ahead. I would rather hole up in a room. Then again, it's good to soak up the energy of the spectators, assuming you're popular to begin with.
We got covered hillstand (C2) tickets, the second cheapest ones at RM123 (1722) because the grandstand tickets were too steep for us non-fans. We just took a spot on the grass and sat on discarded cartons.
The view is quite wide. It's a good vista that will give you a few seconds to catch some of the action. There's a screen on the track, but you can't make out the standings.
Love the way they snake around the curves
We were early enough to catch GP2, which was a good warmup to the big race with only 22 laps versus the latter's 56. There was an interesting moment when one car went off the track and had to be towed away.
More in tomorrow's post.