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Lewis Hamilton feels sad going into Malaysian Grand Prix weekend

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After being staged for the first time back in 1999, the news has been announced that after this weekend's race meet, the Malaysian Grand Prix is no more.

After 18 years, the Malaysian government themselves took the decision not to renew the contract for the Sepang circuit, meaning we will be without the demanding race track on the calendar for the 2018 season.

Naturally, whenever such a big decision affects the F1 world, its lead personalities have their say.

Lewis Hamilton has been speaking on the challenges that the Sepang race brought to him as a driver.

When asked about the decision, Hamilton said: "It is definitely sad to think this is the last race because it is such an epic Grand Prix in terms of a physical challenge. 

"It's the most challenging for the car and the team, so they are taking away one of the toughest, if not the toughest, Grand Prix of the season, which will be hard to replace."

Undoubtedly one of the most challenging races of year, drivers and teams always had to battle the conditions in Malaysia as well as the other cars.

Cockpit temperatures would regularly push 50 degrees celsius, with drivers having to continuously take on fluids to remain hydrated and focused. The temperatures also take their toll on the team, with tyre wear a constant worry as the track temperatures would soar.

Whilst not perhaps considered one of the glamour events on the calendar for audiences, like Spa or Monaco, the Sepang circuit was considered to be pioneering at the time of launch.

Being one of the first Hermann Tilke designed circuits set it up for a more modern era, and whilst the drivers will miss the physical challenges of the race, it is unclear how much the event will be missed by the public.

With the return of the German and French Grand Prixs to the schedule for 2018, Malaysia may not be the last familiar name missing from the 2018 line up.

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