Marlboro M.Scape Lounge at the 2013 Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix

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Now the Malaysian Formula One 2013 week was rather crazy for Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers and myself as we had loads and loads of events back to back to attend. In fact the night before race day (24 March 2013) we were partying it up till late but we weren’t going to miss this awesome experience being hosted in the Marlboro M.Scape Lounge inside the Paddock Club.

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Conne Lim Jen Yng Naomi Tham

At the meet up point which was Zouk Club KL while waiting for the coaches to bring us over to SIC.

After a bus ride which offered us a chance to get some badly needed shut eye we arrived at the paddock building in SIC and were ushered up into the Paddock Club and on to the Marlboro M.Scape Lounge!

After a bus ride which offered us a chance to get some badly needed shut eye we arrived at the paddock building in SIC and were ushered up into the Paddock Club and on to the Marlboro M.Scape Lounge!

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Being hosted in the M.Scape Lounge with Team Scuderia Ferrari has got to be the ultimate way to watch F1.

There were a lot of cool prizes to be won through the games

There were a lot of cool prizes to be won through the games

Like this replica steering wheel!

Like this replica steering wheel!

Felipe Massa Tim Chew Conne Lim Jen Yng Naomi Tham

We managed to take a pic with Team Scuderia Ferrari driver Felipe Massa

After which Felipe Massa went for a meet and greet session with the guests inside the M.Scape Lounge

After which Felipe Massa went for a meet and greet session with the guests inside the M.Scape Lounge. After his visit team principal Stefano Domenicali and test-driver Pedro de la Rosa also came up to give us some insights into the world of Formula 1 and team Scuderia Ferrari.

He even autographed some merchandise which would be given out through the games later that afternoon

He even autographed some merchandise which would be given out through the games later that afternoon

Speaking of games, these two very pretty M.Scape girls were assisting guests to play the Ferrari trivia game which was really tough even for an F1 fan like myself! I only managed to score 11th best.

Speaking of games, these two very pretty M.Scape girls were assisting guests to play the Ferrari trivia game which was really tough even for a F1 fan like myself! I only managed to score 11th best.

Naomi Tham

Naomi though through some luck and help from some of our friends managed emerge in the top 5 and thus won herself a little replica F1 helmet!

Conne Lim Jen Yng Naomi Tham

Soon it was time for lunch and everyone settled down to a delicious 3 course meal

The starter. Of course since we arrived in the morning we were already helping ourselves to loads of champers, beers, and fruit juices. Talk about watching the race VIP style!

The starter. Of course since we arrived in the morning we were already helping ourselves to loads of champers, beers, and fruit juices. Talk about watching the race VIP style!

Conne Lim Jen Yng Naomi Tham

Then it was down to the pit lane for the pit walk after lunch

A peek at the Ferrari garage!

A peek at the Ferrari garage!

Conne Lim Jen Yng Naomi Tham

Conne and Naomi

Conne Lim Jen Yng

At the Ferrari pit wall where the team director, manager and race engineers monitor the cars and the race info from a bunch of screens at eye level and a row of smaller screens above each position which gives the team loads of information.

Conne Lim Jen Yng

Then it was back up to the air-conditioned lounge and more champagne and beer to watch the race after spending about half an hour walking around the pits.

We had a fantastic view of the race watching from the windows as well as the large TV screens in the lounge

We had a fantastic view of the race watching from the windows as well as the large TV screens in the lounge

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The race was eventually won by Sebastian Vettel who ignored team orders not to cut his teammate Mark Webber which Scuderia Ferrari driver Felipe Massa finished in 5th position earning himself 10 championship points. Fernando Alonso crashed out on the second lap of the race after a broken front wing cause by a collision on lap 1 came loose and lodged itself underneath the car resulting in total loss of braking or downforce and sending the car into the gravel trap in turn 1.

It was a truly an unforgettable VIP experience for myself as a F1 fan to have an inside glimpse at the glamorous and exciting world of Formula 1 and the Scuderia Ferrari team!

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