Japanese GP Preview | Vettel clear to fight Hamilton at Suzuka

Preview round 16 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Japanese Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel is clear to race Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix after Ferrari cleared his Malaysia Grand Prix gearbox of any damage from the post-race shunt with Lance Stroll that cost the Prancing Horse a wheel. Meaning no grid-penalties are guaranteed for the title-chasing German, as he looks to begin a sizeable turnaround at the only figure of eight circuit on the F1 calendar. 

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Malaysia Grand Prix | Hamilton fails to convert pole to victory, as Vettel takes the win in his second race for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel claims his first win since 2013, at the Malaysia Grand Prix, ahead of both Hamilton and Rosberg.

It is just two weeks since the Australian Grand Prix, but today Vettel improved on a podium finish to claim his first win for Ferrari. Seb battled it out with both Mercedes drivers’ for the win throughout the race. But the Silver Arrows could not fly at the top today, in a race that began with an early safety car, a few punctures and a spinning Sauber.

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Malaysia Grand Prix | Qualifying success for Lewis Hamilton, after torrential rain drains Q2.

Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for the 2015 Malaysia Grand Prix after a thunderous qualifying full of torrential rain and lightning.

In the end, Hamilton only managed to claim pole by just 0.074 seconds, after a last second dart to the line saw the Brit pip Vettel to the top spot. Lewis will now start tomorrow’s Grand Prix with someone other than his team mate, Nico Rosberg alongside him.

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Malaysian GP |Rosberg holds the lead going into qualifying, after topping FP3 from second place Hamilton

Rosberg heads the way once again after topping the final free practice session for the Malaysia Grand Prix.

As the drivers and teams prepared for qualifying, Nico Rosberg found the fastest lap once again to finish in P1. The German was followed on the timesheet by his team mate, Lewis Hamilton, and Kimi Raikkonen. But the German only held a slender lead over his fellow Silver Arrow.

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Malaysia Grand Prix | Hamilton hammers the pace FP2, despite more problems with his Mercedes

Hamilton hammers home the fastest lap of FP2 for the Malaysia Grand Prix.

Lewis topped the time sheet by 0.373 seconds to Kimi Raikkonen, while Rosberg rounded out the top three, one tenth back in Sepang. FP2 also proved to be full of further issues on board Lewis’ Silver Arrow with the Brit sitting out most of the session.

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Malaysia Grand Prix | Rosberg tops FP1 as Hamilton’s forced to retire

Nico Rosberg opens the Malaysia Grand Prix weekend with the fastest time during the opening practice session in Kuala Lumpur. 

Rosberg kicked off the weekend 0.373 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. Whilst Nico’s Silver Arrow cohort Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire early on, leaving the German as the cream of the crop. Alonso and Marussia also made their first official outings of the season during the opening practice session.

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