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Ricciardio: Nine should have been careful

AAP logoAAP 5/10/2016

Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardio says the nine Australians who were arrested in Malaysia after stripping to celebrate his grand prix win should have been more careful.

"The lack of the clothing, that didn't sit that well with the locals," Ricciardio told the Huffington Post Australia.

"In Australia, maybe you could get away with it, but when you travel abroad you have to be more careful."

Ricciardio, who won his first race of the season at the Sedang track on Sunday, wasn't aware of the incident at the time, but says they got "lost in the moment".

A decision is yet to be made over the fate of the nine Australians who have been detained in Malaysia for three days.

As the men's families flew into Malaysia to support their sons, Sepang assistant police commissioner Abdul Aziz Ali told AAP on Wednesday night that they were still "waiting for the decision" on whether or not prosecutors will charge the group.

Asst Comm Ali has previously said he saw no problem with charges being laid - adding the group had bought the budgie smugglers in Australia to the race on Sunday with the clear intention of pulling the stunt.

They could be charged with an "intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace" or public indecency, he said.

It is understood authorities are deciding whether to charge them, extend their detention period or release them on police bail.

It's the fourth night the group, which includes Jack Walker, an adviser to the Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, have been in custody.

When they were arrested on Sunday afternoon police alleged they were intoxicated and had revealed the swimsuits in a state of 'happiness' following Australian Ricciardo's win.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the Nine Network she did not know if the group's actions would just be seen as a "lapse of judgment", saying it was clearly "premeditated".

It's not the first time foreigners have got into hot water in Malaysia for baring flesh.

In June last year, AFP reported that four tourists, including a British woman, were arrested after images of them undressing at the top of Mount Kinabalu on the island of Borneo went viral.

They were sentenced to three days in jail, fined 5000 Malaysian ringgit ($A1580) and deported.

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