Malaysian GP chiefs wait and see on new contract

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SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) -- The head of the Malaysian Grand Prix says fan reaction to Formula One's new era, with quieter engines and energy-efficient racing, will play a role in deciding whether the race will stay on the calendar.

Sepang International Circuit chief executive Razlan Razali says talks to extend the contract beyond next year's expiry will begin this weekend.

He told the local New Straits Times newspaper that F1's new rules and quiet engines "affect the atmosphere of the race so we'll want to see more of how this issue develops."

Razali said ticket sales for this weekend's race were down as expected, with the nation in a somber mood following the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.