The recent Monaco Grand Prix witnessed thrilling moments as Max Verstappen secured victory despite challenging weather conditions. However, another unexpected highlight unfolded during the championship trophy presentation when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, graced the stage, surprising netizens and fueling speculation about the return of Formula One (F1) to Sepang.
The presence of the Malaysian head of state at such a prestigious event caught the attention of many viewers who were astonished by his attendance. This unexpected appearance led to discussions among netizens, with some interpreting it as a potential indication of the F1 event returning to the Sepang International Circuit in the future.
So random out agongs at the podium in Monaco Bring back Sepang plsssss ..Malaysian GP soon?? pic.twitter.com/OiYFdqhHKz— (️_️) astrahengè (@mrlemonadee) May 28, 2023
It is worth noting that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had previously consented to a special visit to Monaco and Jordan, scheduled until June 2. The visit to Monaco, which spans four days until May 29, was at the invitation of Prince Albert II.
According to Major General Datuk Zahari Mohd Ariffin, the Royal Comptroller of the National Palace, on May 28, the Malaysian King participated in a luncheon with Prince Albert II and the Monaco royal family at Heracles Palace. Following the luncheon, he attended the Monaco Formula 1 Main Circuit in the afternoon.
The presence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Monaco Grand Prix has sparked speculation and raised hopes among motorsport enthusiasts who yearn for the return of F1 to Sepang. The event's previous success and the King's involvement further ignite anticipation for the potential revival of the beloved race in Malaysia.
EHHH! Thats our YDPA Agong on the Monaco F1 podium pic.twitter.com/Rl7JTBao7o— Johnny Toh (@Johnny_Toh) May 28, 2023
Is it just me or did I just see our Agong on Monaco GP Podium? pic.twitter.com/Q7fWzpNOJK— ZahidKasim (@zhdksm) May 28, 2023
As discussions continue online, fans eagerly await further developments and official announcements regarding the future of Formula One in the country. The unexpected appearance of the Malaysian King at the Monaco Grand Prix has reignited enthusiasm and dreams of witnessing high-speed racing once again at the Sepang International Circuit.