This file picture taken on September 30, 2016 shows Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton driving his car during the first free practice session of the 2016 Formula One Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang.
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Malaysia will stage its final Formula One Grand Prix in October after the government and the sport's commercial rights holders announced Friday that their hosting agreement would end a year early.However, both parties Friday announced that the Oct. 1 race this year would be the last.Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday that declining ticket sales, viewership and tourism were behind the decision to pull out of hosting the race.Government funds allocated for the race will be redirected toward other types of motor racing, upgrading the circuit, and training future Malaysian Formula One drivers, the prime minister added.
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