Lewis Hamilton beats Kimi Raikkonen to pole at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Ferrari appeared to have the upper hand coming out of practice, but a storming lap at the start of Q3 saw Lewis Hamilton claim pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Starting the race 19-spots up the order to title-rival, Sebastian Vettel, after the German’s Ferrari suffered a turbo failure early on.
Ferrari remains on top as Raikkonen sets the pace in FP3 at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
At first, Lewis Hamilton appeared to have brought Mercedes back into the race after a less than perfect Friday left the Silver Arrows head scratching. But an error on his flying lap left the old-aero element running Briton down the order whilst Ferrari leapt to the top with a commanding lead. A strong start to the day, until an issue developed late on that left Sebastian Vettel limping back to the pits.
Sebastian Vettel tops the times in FP2 at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
As the track presented the first dry running of the weekend, Sebastian Vettel soared to the top ahead of the Red Bulls. Creating a six-tenths margin over his team-mate as the German chases to claw back points in the F1 title race. The session, though, was called short as Romain Grosjean crashed out of the session as a drain cover flicked up and shreaded his rear-right tyre.
Max Verstappen tops the opening timesheet in FP1 for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
As rain fell over the Sepang International Circuit and the opening session was initially indefinitely postponed, Max Verstappen rose to the top. Edging his Red Bull team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, by seven-tenths of a second in drying conditions that retained enough moisture for intermediate tyres to be needed throughout.
Preview Round 14 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Singapore Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton holds the championship lead for the very first time in 2017, as Formula One flies away from Europe once more and the calendar edges towards the Abu Dhabi closer. Still to go, though, are trips to Asia and the Americas with Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit the first to welcome the mechanical circus that brings drama both on and off the track.
Recap the United States Grand Prix with eight talking points from COTA.
Hamilton finally returned to his winning ways at the United States Grand Prix, having failed to finish on the top step of the podium since the summer break. But even with the 25-points, Rosberg can clinch his first Formula One title next time out in Mexico. After Verstappen’s retirement handed Rosberg Ricciardo’s second place.
Rosberg capitalised on Hamilton’s error for Italian Grand Prix victory and seven other talking points coming out of Monza.
Hamilton had mastered the Temple of Speed on Saturday as the Brit secured his third-straight Monza pole. But a launch error for Hamilton sent him down to sixth, while Rosberg walked off into the sunset with the 25-points in his pocket. In Rosberg’s wake also laid the retirement of Massa, the retirement/non-retirement of Button and a potential new owner of Formula One.