Falling track and air temperatures add extra complexity to strategy decisions.
Victory for Lewis Hamilton and third place for Nico Rosberg after a tense and hotly contested battle in the desert.
F1 engine manufacturers have agreed that any move towards 1000bhp engines for 2017 must involve the current V6 engine configuration as a starting point, according to Toto Wolff.
Nico Rosberg set to line up third on the grid after an enthralling qualifying session under the Sakhir spotlights.
Lewis Hamilton: "Last year was my first win here and it was definitely one I'll remember after a great fight with Nico."
Lewis Hamilton leads home Nico Rosberg at the Shanghai International Circuit
Lewis Hamilton topped the times in both sessions, with Nico Rosberg finishing the morning in P2 and the afternoon in P5.
Dramatic afternoon session in Sepang sees Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take first and third position during qualifying for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg topped the times during the morning session, with Lewis Hamilton claiming top spot in the afternoon.
The Three Pointed Star offered to help keep the German Grand Prix alive in 2015 by footing half of the promoter's bill.
Friday’s news that neither Hockenheim nor the Nurburgring would stage the German GP in 2015 dismayed many – but not our Kate Walker.
The result marks the 30th Formula One victory for the Silver Arrows
First blood goes to reigning world champion in Melbourne but his teammate vows to give him a “big run for his money”.
Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg second at Albert Park
Nico Rosberg topped the opening session by just three hundredths of a second from Lewis Hamilton in P2.
Lewis Hamilton: "I feel fresh, I feel fit, I feel relaxed, I feel positive... I feel ready."
Lewis Hamilton is close to agreeing a deal to stay at Mercedes beyond 2015, when his current deal expires.
Nico Rosberg: "We are very optimistic. Now, I look forward to flying to Australia and getting back to racing."
Lewis Hamilton: "It wasn't a particularly spectacular day."
Today's schedule consisted of aero analysis work in the morning, followed by setup evaluation in the afternoon.