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These nine Australians have been released by Malaysian authorities following their now-infamous half-naked parade at the Malaysian GP.

2017 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix will be the last race the country holds, ending the partnership of 19 years between the Malaysia and FIA, according to a statement made on Formula1.com

Malaysia joined the F1 calendar in 1999, and both Formula 1 and SIC say they are determined to make this year’s event in October a fitting finale for the ground-breaking circuit.

“It’s always sad to say goodbye to a member of the Formula 1 family,” commented Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, Formula 1.

“Over nearly two decades, the Malaysian Formula 1 fans have proven themselves to be some of the sport’s most passionate supporters.

“We will have 21 exciting events to look forward to in the 2018 calendar, with the additions of the French and German races. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Sepang International Circuit for their hospitality and professionalism over the years, and their ongoing commitment to motorsport.”

Officials had said last year that Malaysia would discontinue its F1 Grand Prix race after 2018, waving the checkered flag on one of Asia’s longest-running F1 races.

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