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Lemur-ing
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Ok, here goes: Formula 1 Sepang Malaysian Grand Prix Pix. Part 1 (Practice & Q'fying)

Sorry for the long delay in uploading the pictures.

I had a lot of them and didn't really spend any time going through the pictures to select the better-ish ones of the whole lot.

Needless to say, there were numerous failed pictures as I either couldn't get a proper shot, or the car was not in proper focus, or the angle was tilted, or a whole lot of other shenanigans.

It was a very, very cool experience indeed.

When I arrived at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), I spoke to my cousin and she told me to wait for her as she was gonna pass me some cash. Well, we talked for a short bit and I headed to the train station to catch the KLIA Express train that took me to KL Sentral (yes, that's how it's spelled).

There were hardly anyone on board that train and thankfully, a kind stranger woke me up as we arrived at the station or I'd find myself back at the airport once again I suppose.

Once there, my cousin-in-law called me to say he'd be there in a few minutes. Ok cool, Starbucks cake time.

When he arrived, I was pretty shocked to find a black car with pitch black tinted windows there waiting for me and my cousin came out of the car, fully decked in his Malaysian Naval uniform with all the shiny badges, golden stuff and his rank. Whoa... I think people were looking and wondering who the hell I was since a Captain of the Navy was there to welcome me and I was in a black blazer with black pants and a black shirt. Oh, I wore a tie too :D

Now, in the car, we talked, caught up on things and he introduced me to his personal driver. "Wait a minute," I thought. We were in a military/politician designated vehicle where we didn't have to pay tolls and could speed to our heart's desire without getting caught, and he has a personal driver. Cool!

Turns out, he's the youngest Captain (or Colonel if it's the Army instead) in the entire Malaysian Armed Forces and for any work related stuff, he doesn't need to drive since he has a personal military chauffeur.

We stopped at a rest stop and headed to a Burger King. Being a person full of humility, my cousin held the door open for me since I was his guest (my first time heading over to Malaysia to stay with them) and his driver walked in first while I followed after.

It was pretty cool how everyone was staring at us and wondering who this little moreon in a suit was such that he's getting what looks like a small military escort. To add, it was a full Colonel walking beside him too :D

I must say, it was a nice experience to be in a government issued vehicle and able to head through the highway at whatever speed the driver decides to go at.

We arrived at his house and I kept my things in the room they assigned for me. It was a nice place, spacious and all that. My aunt lives with them now that they have a young 5-month old daughter as well. It was nice to catch up with her after many months as well and needless to say, my 2.5 year old niece was having a hoot when she saw me.

After that, we headed out to the nearby town center (it was a rather rural estate with not much things in the vicinity. I'd compare it to certain subdivisions in Georgia maybe, albeit, less developed and lacking the horses etc) in his car with his elder daughter in the back seat. He wanted to fix a new exhaust to his Mercedes or something and we ended up having a drink and spending some time checking out the stores there. I got pretty bored very quickly since there was almost nothing to see.

Thankfully, my niece was there to keep the entertainment factor up. I wished I brought my camera along to take pictures of her antics.

After several hours (waiting, delay, crapola), it poured heavily but stopped just in time as we were about to head back home.

Following that, my cousin asked if I wanted to head into Kuala Lumpur (near the Ampang area) with him as he had a meeting. I tagged along and headed to the mall nearby which was worse than a closing down Circuit City unfortunately.

Nonetheless, it was better than nothing. Just as I finished dinner, my cousin called to say he was about done and I should head over. I did, just soon after I got a nice cup of tiramisu and an ice blended drink from Coffee Bean. Pretty good stuff I must say and it really complemented the braised lamb shank I had.


So, he introduced me to the guys (and one lady) he was having a meeting with. As we left later on, I saw that one of the guys who's his fellow naval colleague had a Mercedes SLK (IIRC) and that cost a whooping RM$1.3million (divide that by 3.something for USD). He was a billionaire's son. The other guy, is a multi millionaire too.

Looks like my cousin is living the semi high life. He's doin some businesses as well and gets a fairly handsome paycheck each month. I'm really glad for them. It's nice to hear people striving in this worldwide economic downturn.
 

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Lemur-ing
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The next day, he dropped me off early at KL Sentral right after his wife gave me some cash for the day. From there, I took the train to KLIA and then a bus to Sepang and then yet another bus to the circuit.

Without further ado, here are the pictures:

1&2)Right outside past the ticket booths

3)BMW Sauber car on display

7)The K1 grandstand from near the entrance gate.
 

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Lemur-ing
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More:

1)Formula BMW/GP2 (can't recall) car in the pits
2)Formula BMW/GP2 car qualifying
3)Autograph session with the Ferrari team: Kimi pictured
4)Some lady aka chica on duty there
5)Kimi again
6)This was the car individual drivers arrived in for the autograph sessions. Each driver was in one car, chauffeured by someone
7)Same lady as above.
 

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Lemur-ing
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More:

1)Jarno Trulli of the Panasonic Toyota Team
2)Timo Glock and lady
3)Panasonic Toyota lady taking photographs
4)Jarno and Timo
5)Waving to fans
6)Ruebens Barrichello & Jenson Button of the Brawn Team
7)Reubens thirsty.
 

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Lemur-ing
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Wait a minute, is that.... Schumacher???

Oh, it's Ralf. :D
 

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Lemur-ing
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Mark Webber looking cheeky

Chic... I mean, glimpse of Reubens Barrichello.. I mean, now you know why Webber was sticking his tongue out.

Webber about to leave.
 

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Lemur-ing
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Self explanatory:

One of the 3 choppers on the helipad.
 

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Lemur-ing
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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
Finally, some final practice action

Felipe Massa has the yellow helmet in the Ferrari.

Kimi Raikkonen has the red/white.

Around the turn opposite the back straight grandstand where I was seated at.
 

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That's it for this part. I think there're too many photos here already.

Stay tuned for part 2 later this evening (or morning for you guys)
 

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Jerkhard Sirdribbledick
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Uzzie, I love your stalker perv shots.

And the close-ups of the car were cool.
 

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Eddy 53:11
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Nice. I was at the Melbourne Grand Prix two weeks ago but, didn't get good shots
like these!

Did you get me a Ferrari Polo? They were $120 AU!! I'm not THAT much of a fan.
 

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Zaphod Beeblebrox
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DrRoebuck said:
Uzzie, I love your stalker perv shots.

And the close-ups of the car were cool.

Yeah, but he crops off their best assets!
 

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Lemur-ing
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DLMKA said:
Yeah, but he crops off their best assets!
I've got a few more shots but............. :D
 

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DrRoebuck said:
Uzzie, I love your stalker perv shots.

And the close-ups of the car were cool.
Well..... I've gotta have some kind of photos you like right? :wink:
 

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Lemur-ing
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JetSpeed said:
Nice. I was at the Melbourne Grand Prix two weeks ago but, didn't get good shots
like these!

Did you get me a Ferrari Polo? They were $120 AU!! I'm not THAT much of a fan.
Where the eff are your photos????

The shirt cost like erm, RM$400!!! Which is like, erm, still a lot!
 

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Lemur-ing
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unclefuzzy_ss said:
Nice stuff Uzzie. Someday I'd love to get to an F1 race, just to see the spectacle.
It's really great and a nice blend of internationals at the scene too. Many people go just to watch the race while some include it as a last minute thing and others put a small vacation into it at the same time.

If you're gonna go, you might as well save up and get good seats IMO. I was lucky to get free tix. I wish my tickets were on the start/finish straight so I could take pit stop action shots as well (and these tickets cost about the same as the ones I got too) but hey, it's still great.
 
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