The Sepang circuit has been constructed a few minutes drive from the new KLIA, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, about 50 kilometers from KL itself. It was three years ago - after the 1999 Australian GP that the circuit was officially opened and this year's race will be fourth since that time.
It was noticeable, then, how proud Malaysia's prime minister was of the circuit that was really his baby. But he also made a point of demonstrating Malaysian-built cars. There were many Proton displays, but perhaps more surprising was that Dr Mahathir, the prime minister, and his wife arrived in separate TVRs. They are made under licence in Malaysia, and are regarded as Malaysian cars!