Malaysian GP (2017)

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Perez feared illness would force him out of Malaysian GP

Sergio Perez feared at one point that he would be forced out of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend when he was struck down by a virus, prior to him battling through to score points.

Vandoorne column: Sepang my best race, but Suzuka will be amazing

In his latest column, McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne looks back at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the race he labelled as his best in F1 yet, and forward to the Japanese GP.

Tech analysis: The Mercedes updates Hamilton turned down

The Mercedes W08 car has underwhelmed at the Malaysian GP - and updates not delivering the anticipated step didn't help matters, especially in pure pace comparisons against the ever-improving Ferrari.

Strategy Report: How Mercedes used Bottas to slow Vettel’s charge

James Allen takes a strategic review of the final Malaysian Grand Prix, and analyses the charge of Sebastian Vettel from the rear of the grid and how Mercedes tried to counter it.

Gary Anderson: Ferrari and Vettel are letting Mercedes off the hook

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari should have won the last two grands prix, which would've turned the title battle around. They only have themselves to blame for failing to do so and handing Mercedes two huge gifts…

Vettel's gearbox given all-clear for Japanese GP

Sebastian Vettel looks set to avoid a grid penalty for a new gearbox in Japan this weekend, after analysis at Ferrari’s factory showed his current one was not damaged in his post-race crash with Lance Stroll at Sepang.

Haas in Grosjean crash compensation talks with Sepang

Haas F1 boss Gunther Steiner is in discussions with Malaysian Grand Prix officials regarding compensation for damage incurred by Romain Grosjean’s car in second practice.

Red Bull chassis now the best on F1 grid - Marko

Red Bull motorsports chief Helmut Marko says the team now has "for sure" the best chassis among the cars making up the Formula 1 2017 grid.

Why volatile Malaysian GP should have Mercedes worried

Mercedes floundering at a circuit where it should've thrived, yet still building its title lead; Ferrari fastest but not on the podium; Red Bull truly dominant for the first in time years. F1's farewell to Malaysia was peculiar…

Malaysian Grand Prix driver ratings

While some earn high marks for their Sepang efforts, there's also a very low score for a driver in a very good car and some disappointing marks for drivers who have starred elsewhere this season...

Red Bull: We would have beaten Ferrari too

Red Bull reckons it would have still won the Malaysian Grand Prix even if Ferrari had started at the front.

Analysis: How Red Bull capitalised on Ferrari's disaster

For the first time this season Max Verstappen had a quick, reliable car – and he didn’t waste it. Behind the Dutchman, title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both had to stage great escapes from difficult situations.

Sick Perez on intravenous drip before Malaysian GP

Sergio Perez was on an intravenous drip the night before Formula 1's Malaysian GP as he battled to overcome a virus he picked up in the build-up to the weekend.

Malaysian GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing).

Bottas: Recent slump "the most difficult time of my career"

Valtteri Bottas says he is facing the "most difficult" moment in his Formula 1 career, after struggling for form again in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Teams broke F1 rules by drying grid slots - Force India

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says some rival Formula 1 teams broke the rules by drying their grid slots ahead of the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Palmer blames "big tailwind" for Malaysia spin

Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer says a tailwind caught him by surprise and caused him to spin at Turn 14 during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Williams concedes Massa/Stroll swap allowed Vandoorne through

Williams Formula 1 drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll lost out to McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne during the Malaysian Grand Prix because they were executing a place swap.

Gasly suffered back pain during F1 race debut

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly said he suffered back pain throughout his Formula 1 race debut in the Malaysian Grand Prix because of an uncomfortable seating position.

Sainz drove straight into me, says Ocon

Esteban Ocon has accused Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz of "driving straight into" him as he battled him in his Force India during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vandoorne hails best-ever F1 drive, as Alonso struggles

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne says his seventh position in the Malaysian Grand Prix was his “best drive in Formula 1”.

Verstappen: Hamilton had "more to lose" in Turn 1 move

Malaysian Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen says he took “an extra risk” in passing Lewis Hamilton for the lead because he knew the Briton had “more to lose”.

Hamilton: Mercedes has "work to do" to stay ahead

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes has "work to do" with its car to stay ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari in the title battle.

Vettel blames Stroll for "completely unnecessary" crash

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says Williams rookie Lance Stroll was to blame for their "completely unnecessary" collision on the cool-down lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel charge ends in bizarre cool-down lap shunt with Stroll

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel limited the damage to his Formula 1 title bid by finishing fourth from the back of the grid in Malaysia, but ended his day on three wheels after a bizarre clash with Williams rookie Lance Stroll.

Malaysian GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Max Verstappen dominates the Malaysian Grand Prix and scored second career victory

Malaysian GP: Verstappen wins from Hamilton, Vettel fourth

Max Verstappen took his first victory of the Formula 1 season with a dominant drive in the final Malaysian GP, as Sebastian Vettel recovered from starting last to take fourth.

Malaysian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

DRIVERS: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes, Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing).

Virus-hit Perez braced for "massive challenge" in Malaysian GP

Virus-hit Sergio Perez expects he will face a "massive" physical challenge in the Malaysian Grand Prix after a difficult week in Sepang.

Mercedes boss Wolff says he feels for Ferrari and Vettel

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he feels sympathy for Sebastian Vettel after he suffered misfortune for the second successive Formula 1 race weekend.

Ricciardo hopes Red Bull will benefit from "conservative" Mercedes

Daniel Ricciardo hopes a likely “conservative” approach by Malaysian Grand Prix pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton will play into the hands of his immediate rivals in the race.

Palmer blames Verstappen for "silly" practice crash

Renault's Jolyon Palmer says that Max Verstappen was at fault for their "silly" clash in Formula 1's final practice ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

"Massive" Red Bull pressure helped Gasly in debut qualifying

Toro Rosso’s Formula 1 debutant Pierre Gasly reckons the “massive pressure” Red Bull has put on him throughout his career helped him handle his first grand prix qualifying session.

Ferrari insists Vettel engine change not a mistake

Ferrari suggests the decision to change Sebastian Vettel's engine ahead of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix was not a mistake, despite the German failing to set a time.

Hamilton "surprised" himself with Malaysian GP pole lap

Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he “surprised myself” with his Malaysian Grand Prix pole lap, as Mercedes turned the corner after a rough start at Sepang.

Bottas regrets decision to stay with new aero package

Valtteri Bottas says he regrets sticking with the aerodynamic upgrade that Mercedes brought for the Malaysian Grand Prix, after qualifying almost seven tenths slower than teammate Lewis Hamilton at Sepang.

Malaysian GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 70th career pole position, his fifth at the Sepang International Circuit and ninth of the 2017 season

Malaysian GP: Hamilton denies Raikkonen pole, disaster for Vettel

Lewis Hamilton narrowly beat Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to pole position for Formula 1's final Malaysian Grand Prix, as title rival Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari suffered engine problems and qualified last.

Vettel to start Malaysian GP last after engine trouble

Sebastian Vettel’s Formula 1 championship hopes suffered another major blow on Saturday when an engine problem left him at the back of the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Malaysian GP: Raikkonen leads Ferrari 1-2 in FP3

Kimi Raikkonen edged out Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time in final Formula 1 practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel could go back to old Ferrari start system

Sebastian Vettel could be ready to ditch the Ferrari start system he has exclusively used since Spain, after being spotted conducting tests with the old version in Malaysia.

Why Mercedes’ “diva” car is throwing an ill-timed tantrum

Ferrari starred, Red Bull looked strong and Mercedes floundered in practice at Sepang on Friday. That was a surprise result given Mercedes was expected to lead the way. So what’s occurring at such a crucial time in the title fight?

Malaysian GP: Friday's press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Frederic VASSEUR (Sauber), Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing), Otmar SZAFNAUER (Force India), Mario ISOLA (Pirelli), Toto WOLFF (Mercedes), Guenther STEINER (Haas).

FIA explains Grosjean's 'freak' drain cover crash

The FIA believes a welding failure led to a drain cover becoming dislodged and subsequently causing Romain Grosjean’s crash when he hit it during Formula 1 Malaysian GP practice.

Haas gets free pass to break curfew after 17G Grosjean shunt

Haas has been given a free pass to repair Romain Grosjean's badly damaged car without using up one of its curfew jokers, after his 17G impact with the barriers in Malaysian Grand Prix practice.

McLaren's aero upgrade delivering as expected

McLaren's new aerodynamic upgrade package for the Malaysian Grand Prix delivered as expected, says racing director Eric Boullier, as Fernando Alonso finished fifth quickest in second practice.

Mercedes: "Fundamental issue" to blame for Malaysia struggles

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says his team's poor Friday showing at the Malaysian Grand Prix is down to a “fundamental issue” it needs to understand and address.

Ricciardo surprised by Ferrari's Malaysia practice pace

The Ferrari Formula 1 team's pace-setting form in Malaysian Grand Prix practice was stronger than Red Bull expected, according to Daniel Ricciardo.

Grosjean incident reminded Massa of Hungary 2009

Felipe Massa says Romain Grosjean's incident with a drain cover in second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix reminded him of his accident in Hungary in 2009.

Malaysian GP: Vettel on top as Grosjean crash ends FP2 early

Sebastian Vettel beat Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Kimi Raikkonen to the fastest time in second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Malaysian GP

A selection of the best technical images from Malaysia courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT images.

Malaysian GP: Verstappen tops shortened FP1

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set the pace in first Formula 1 practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, as running was limited because of bad weather.

Malaysian GP: Thursday's press conference

DRIVERS – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing), Pierre GASLY (Toro Rosso), Carlos SAINZ (Toro Rosso), Marcus ERICSSON (Sauber).

Promoted: Malaysian GP preview with F1 Experiences

Autosport's Ben Anderson previews the Malaysian Grand Prix for F1 Experiences.

Toro Rosso confirms Gasly for next races

Toro Rosso has confirmed that Pierre Gasly will make his Formula 1 debut for the team at the Malaysian Grand Prix, as exclusively revealed by earlier.

Gasly set to replace Kvyat in Malaysian GP

Pierre Gasly is poised to make his Formula 1 debut for Toro Rosso as soon as this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, with multiple sources suggesting that the Italian team has decided to rest Daniil Kvyat.

Mercedes and Ferrari split tyre strategies for Malaysian GP

Formula 1 title rivals Mercedes and Ferrari have chosen different tyre strategies for the upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix.

Malaysian GP axed for 2018 as Germany returns

The Malaysian Grand Prix will be dropped from the Formula 1 calendar next year, after a joint decision was made with grand prix chiefs to end its deal early.