Malaysia GP | Verstappen snatches victory from Hamilton, Vettel storms to fourth

Max Verstappen wins the final Malaysia Grand Prix ahead of pole-man Hamilton.

Ferrari went into the race with hopes of a Raikkonen challenge, but those went away with a power unit failure on his way to the grid. Leaving hopes of points being taken away from Hamilton at the feet of Red Bull. A challenge grasped by Verstappen as Red Bull’s race pace outshone the Silver Arrows. While Vettel stormed through the field to recover from his qualifying woes.

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Malaysian GP | Hamilton secures pole in disaster qualifying for Vettel

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.

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Malaysian GP | Raikkonen on top in FP3, but issues for Vettel

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.

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Malaysian GP | Red flagged FP2 topped by Vettel, Grosjean smashes out

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.

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Malaysian GP | Max Verstappen tops delayed rain hit FP1

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. 

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Malaysian GP Preview | Farewell Kuala Lumpur, Farewell Vettel’s Title Hopes?

Preview round 15 of the 2017 Formula One season, the Malaysian Grand Prix.

For the 19th and, for now at least, final time Formula One travels to Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Home to Mercedes’ sponsor Petronas, but only ever home to a Hamilton victory on one occasion. While title-rival Sebastian Vettel has clinched victory on 4 occasions, the most by any driver in a Formula One championship Grand Prix. 

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8 things we learnt from the Malaysian Grand Prix

Recap the Malaysian Grand Prix with eight talking points from Sepang.

Red Bull roared to success when Hamilton’s victory went up in flames. And with it, potentially his title hopes too as Rosberg resurged to third after a first corner collision with Vettel sent Nico spinning.
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