SEPANG, 25 AUGUST 2017 – The excitement heats up for the 2017 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix as the preparation for the final F1 race at Sepang International Circuit from 29 September - 1 October gets into full swing.
As with all the excitement that surrounds the event, SIC together with PETRONAS and iM4U is organizing the F1 School Invasion programme that aims to bring F1 experience to schools and to create excitement among school children.
Besides bringing the F1 experience to schools, the programme also aims to educate the importance of proper road safety as well as nationwide search for school children who will be participating in exclusive activities surround the F1 race.
The programme which is also in collaboration with Road Transport Department (JPJ), Road Safety Department (JKJR) and Nestle will involve talk sessions, games, F1 car exhibition and a competition which will be held nationwide.
"This is part of our effort to instill interest on motorsports, particularly F1 among students from young age. The correct pathway to motorsport greatness begins at school and we feel that it is our responsibility to create this experience and interest among them. I believe school children are the best age group to create such engagement as they become the best communicator to share knowledge among friends and families," said Sepang International Circuit Chief Executive Officer, Dato' Razlan Razali.
He added, “In conjunction with the last F1 in Malaysia, we are bringing back the F1 Drivers Introduction by Children where lucky school-goers have the opportunity to interview the F1 Drivers up close and personal in front of all spectators at the starting on race day. This would give them the exposure to instil courage and confidence among 8 to 10 years old”.
In addition to the drivers introduction, PETRONAS is introducing their Faces of the Future contest where 10 school children will get to participate in a special workshop arranged by PETROSAINS on race week.
Students from 31 primary schools across the country including Sabah and Sarawak will get a chance to participate in the competition where winners from each state will be transported to Kuala Lumpur for the final segment of this competition. A total of 30 students will be selected to move to the final event during the F1 race week.
 The regional sections and the dates of competition are as follows:
  1. Northern Region (Perlis, Penang, Kedah, Perak) – Politeknik Seberang Perai, 23 August.
  2. Sabah – Politeknik Kota Kinabalu, 4 September.
  3. Sarawak – Politeknik Kuching, 7 September.
  4. Eastern Region (Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang) – Politeknik Hulu Terengganu, 11 September.
  5. Southern Region (N. Sembilan, Malacca, Johor) – Politeknik Melaka, 14 September.
  6. Central Region (Selangor, KL, Putrajaya) – Politeknik Shah Alam, 19 September.
Students will be judged based on their two-minute presentation on ‘How to make the F1 car go faster?’. Their creativity and imagination is key in delivering their best performance which will contribute to their overall marks.
"This is the time for students to be creative and get in touch with the motorsport world as well as discovering aspects of road safety. It also creates that knowledge on Formula 1 and who knows this could build their interest to venture into motorsports career in the future"
Winners of each state will also bring home tickets for their whole class to watch the 2017 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix on top of attractive prizes. Fans are encouraged to join the celebration and to cheer on the school children as representatives from each states. Fans can also catch the F1 car up close and get tickets at a special MyKAD rate of RM336.18.