The formation of the 1Malaysia F1 Team had gone well by receiving an overwhelming response from our local companies and expertise.Read the full news from Bernama below.
1MALAYSIA F1 TEAM RECEIVES OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FROM LOCAL EXPERTISE
KUALA LUMPUR, The excitement over the 1Malaysia F1 Team (1MF1T) is sweeping Malaysians going by the overwhelming response to the opportunities to work with the team that will make its debut next year.
In a matter of a few hours, more than 6,000 applications flooded the team’s e-mail this morning seeking to be a part of the team when 225 job vacancies were advertised, said the team principal, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes.
“The support is tremendous and the team’s e-mail seems flooded by the locals who offered their respective expertise for the 1MF1T,” he told reporters here Monday.
Fernandes, who is also AirAsia chief, expects the number of applicants to boom when the same advertisement hits Singapore and Jakarta in the next few days.
Technical engineering expertise was the most sought after including aerodynamics, composite design, electronics, gearbox design, hydraulics and research and development (R&D).
Fernandes is confident that the 1MF1T will be on the grid for next year’s season opener in Bahrain on March 14.
“Have trust, wait until February,” he said.
Fernandes said the car would be tested in early February at the Sepang International Circuit that also serves as the base for the team and site for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Bahrain GP would be followed by the Australian GP on March 28 before the Malaysian GP comes next on April 4.
Fernandes said Malaysia F1 Team Sdn, a partnership between the Malaysian government and a consortium of Malaysian entrepreneurs, expected to spend about RM100 million to RM150 million per annum for its operations.
The consortium last week announced RM168 million in funding capital and RM308 million for the baseline racing budget yearly.
Asked whether the consortium had the money, Fernandes replied: “We have it.”