Lewis Hamilton: 'Formula 1 losing toughest race on calendar'

Hamilton: 'F1 losing toughest race on calendar'
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Lewis Hamilton says that Formula 1's "toughest race" will be missing on next year's calendar.

Lewis Hamilton has said that Formula 1's "toughest race" will be missing on next year's calendar.

The 32-year-old is referring to Malaysia, where after almost 20 years in Formula 1 the government has decided that 2017 will be the last race at the Sepang circuit.

Sepang has become known as one of the hardest races physically for the drivers, thanks to its long fast corners and Malaysia's heat, humidity and often torrential rain.

"It is definitely sad to think this is our last race [here]," Hamilton said at an event in Kuala Lumpur for Petronas, Mercedes's title sponsor.

"They are taking away one of the toughest, if not the toughest race of the season and it will be hard to replace."

Hamilton takes a 28-point lead into this weekend's race in Sepang.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes part in the third practice session of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on March 23, 201
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