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Full Race Weekend LIVE Converage Malaysian Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur
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Last Updated at 19:53
02 Oct 10:56 Thank you for joining our live race commentary of the Malaysian GP. 
02 Oct 10:53 Raikkonen still three seconds short of Rosberg, despite the German's 10 second penalty.
02 Oct 10:51

F1 drivers' championship

1. Rosberg 288

2. Hamilton 265

3. Ricciardo 204

4. Raikkonen 160

5. Vettel 153

6. Verstappen 147

02 Oct 10:44 P4 Raikkonen, Bottas, Perez, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Button and Palmer in P10
02 Oct 10:44 Confirmation: Daniel Ricciardo wins the Malaysian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen 2nd. Nico Rosberg 3rd.
02 Oct 10:41 Daniel Ricciardo wins the Malaysian GP! 
02 Oct 10:35 Four laps remaining: Ricciardo leads from Verstappen and Rosberg in P3. 
02 Oct 10:34 Gutierrez handed penalty for losing a wheel earlier. Poor lad
02 Oct 10:28 Nine laps to go, Ricciardo leads by 1.7 seconds
02 Oct 10:24 10 laps to go
02 Oct 10:21 Rosberg should feel hard done by with that penalty. 
02 Oct 10:20 Ricciardo and Verstappen lead the field, Rosberg P3 and Raikkonen P4. 
02 Oct 10:20 Rosberg handed 10 sec penalty for causing accident a few laps earlier when he overtook Raikkonen
02 Oct 10:18 VSC has ended
02 Oct 10:17 Esteban Gutierrez's left front pops off! Bizarre! Possible wheel nut not tight enough? 
02 Oct 10:16 Ricciardo and Verstappen pit, they are running 1-2
02 Oct 10:15 The world champion's car was spitting flames as it came down the main straight. 
02 Oct 10:14 Hamilton: "Oh no!!!!"
02 Oct 10:13 VSC is deployed
02 Oct 10:13 Hamilton's race is over!!! 
02 Oct 10:12 The two Red Bull drivers were side by side into T4 and T5. 
02 Oct 10:11 Race control says Rosberg's overzealous overtake on Raikkonen is being investigated
02 Oct 10:10 Rosberg and Raikkonen make contact at T2 as the German passes the Finn for P4
02 Oct 10:09 Team radio: "These are great lap times Lewis , just keep your head down, you're doing a great job"
02 Oct 10:06 36/56: 1. Hamilton 2. Ricciardo 3. Verstappen 4. Raikkonen 5. Rosberg 6. Button
02 Oct 10:04 Rosberg up to P5 is closing up on Raikkonen in P4. 
02 Oct 10:01 Rosberg comes back out in P6 behind Sergio Perez's Force India
02 Oct 10:00 Hamilton sets another fastest lap of the race: 1min38.595
02 Oct 09:59 Rosberg pits, he did 22 laps on the hard tyre. 
02 Oct 09:57 Hamilton goes even faster 1min38.941
02 Oct 09:55 Ham fastest lap 1min.39.135
02 Oct 09:55 Hamilton leads from Ricciardo and Verstappen in P3. Raikkonen in P4 with Rosberg slotting into P5.
02 Oct 09:54 We've reached the halfway point of the race, it's been frantic
02 Oct 09:53 Verstappen pits from P1 and changes onto hard tyres. Let the games begin
02 Oct 09:47 Hamilton (P2), taking chunks out of Verstappen in P1 in opening four sectors. 
02 Oct 09:44 Verstappen leads, first time someone other than Hamilton has lead the race
16:45 What a race! Join us again next week in Japan! Hopefully it will be exciting as this!
16:42 Raikkonen still three seconds short of Rosberg, despite the German's 10 second penalty.
16:40 He becomes the fourth different to win a race this season! Verstappen comes second!
Lap 56 Final lap! Ricciardo looks set to win his first GP of the season!
Lap 55 Verstappen now 3 seconds behind Ricciardo! Just two laps left.
Lap 54 Raikkonen is 12 second behind Rosberg at the moment...
Lap 53 Alonso also running in the points after starting dead last on the grid!
Lap 52 Further down the grid, Palmer is about to earn his first F1 point if he secures his P10 to the end of the race.
Lap 51 We're in for a grand stand finish here!
Lap 50 All Raikkonen has to do now is keep within ten seconds of Rosberg to get on the podium.
Lap 49 Verstappen closing in on Ricciardo now!
Lap 48 The gap between Ricciardo and Verstappen now 1.7s
Lap 47 Rosberg running P3, looking like he will finish the race in that position.
Lap 46 10 laps left! Can Ricciardo maintain his lead right through to the end?
Lap 45 Rosberg sets another fastest lap! He is not giving this up.
Lap 44 There's a certain Red Bull teenager that will threaten Ricciardo's first race win of the season.
Lap 43 10 second penalty for Rosberg!
Lap 43 We're racing again! VSC ends. Ricciardo the race leader.
Lap 43 There's a loose tyre on the track!
Lap 42 Gutierrez out!
Lap 41 VSC is out and Red Bull do their pit stops. Bear in mind though, Rosberg is still in play.
Lap 41 Hamilton gets out the car and is clearly not happy!
Lap 40 Hamilton out! his car sets on fire! Toto Wolff hold his head in shame!
Lap 39 Verstappen has a go at Ricciardo! After attacking him the Aussie driver Keeps his position and negates his team-mate.
Lap 39 Rosberg and Raikkonen touch! Luckily they both survived and Rosberg moves ahead to P4.
Lap 38 Hamilton extends his race lead to 20 seconds.
Lap 37 Rosberg closing in on the Finn now, only a matter of time.
Lap 36 Rosberg lining up Raikkonen!
Lap 35 Hamilton tells his team on the radio his tyres are wearing out.
Lap 34 Hamilton is now 16 second ahead of Ricciardo. Verstappen running P3 but will go P2 once his team-mate pits.
Lap 33 Raikkonen and puts on the hard compounds! The tyre, thought, isn't lasting as long as expected.
Lap 32 Rosberg pits and puts on hard tyres again! Should be able to last until the end of the race.
Lap 31 Palmer, Sainz and Ericsson battling for P9. Tight battle.
Lap 30 Rosberg running P5, in-between Raikkonen and Perez! Not ideal for the German.
Lap 29 Quick stop from Hulkenberg, but McLaren cleverly manages to get Alonso ahead of him for P12.
Lap 28 Verstappen has set his sights now on his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for P2.
Lap 27 Verstappen pulls into the pits and puts on the hard tyre. Hamilton retakes the lead!
Lap 26 Verstappen looking like he will pit again from the lead, Hamilton will reclaim his lead.
Lap 25 Massa all the way at back of the grid after his blunder early in the race.
Lap 24 So far Vettel, Magnussen and Grosjean are out of the race.
Lap 23 Hard compound seems to be preferred choice now for this middle stint!
Lap 22 Rosberg and Hamilton are close to each other now, this could be yet another Mercedes shoot-out for P1.
Lap 22 Verstappen is currently the race leader! Hamilton pits.
Lap 21 Just 35 laps left of this Grand Prix and Hamilton leading comfortably.
Lap 21 Verstappen moves ahead of the Finn after the Ferrari pulls out and pits!
Lap 21 Verstappen vs Raikkonen. One of the best on-track rivalries of the season.
Lap 20 Verstappen closing in on Raikkonen's P3.
Lap 19 Magnussen out! He is told by Renault to retire after suffering damage on the first corner of Lap 1.
Lap 18 Rosberg now lining up Ericsson for P7. And takes him unsurprisingly.
Lap 18 Hamilton's gap is now just under six seconds.
Lap 17 Red Bull tells Ricciardo they are going to put him on hards for the next stint.
Lap 16 Ocon handed a five-second penalty as a result for speeding in the pit lane.
Lap 16 Rosberg up to P10 now! The hards seem to be doing well.
Lap 15 Ocon under investigation for speeding in the pit lane.
Lap 14 So far, Verstappen and Perez are the only drivers in the top ten to have pitted.
Lap 13 Hard tyre doing impressive speed here at the Sepang International Circuit.
Lap 13 Magnussen told he is losing downforce due to damage to his car.
Lap 12 Palmer currently in the top ten. Looks like he is going to a one-stopper today.
Lap 12 Hamilton sets fastest lap with a blitzing 1:39.643.
Lap 11 At the back of the grid, Ocon and Magnussen having a go at each other!
Lap 11 Bottas the only driver in the top ten running mediums.
Lap 10 Hamilton has now extended his lead to over four seconds on Ricciardo.
Lap 9 Virtual safety car is out. Grosjean's car is being removed after he span out. Seems to be a braking problem.
Lap 9 Grosjean out!
Lap 8 Going undercover, Jenson Button running P6 at the moment! How long can he maintain it though?
Lap 7 Massa told to box after a puncture!
Lap 6 Verstappen also in the mix there with Raikkonen behind him. Could we see the aggressive side of Max against Kimi again?
Lap 6 Ricciardo keeping the gap narrowed on Hamilton to just under two seconds.
Lap 5 Rosberg has moved up to P14, Hamilton still leading.
Lap 4 Alonso has moved up 12 places and now running P10 from P22! Amazing.
Lap 4 Ricciardo also managed to move ahead of his team-mate Max Verstappen during the start. He is keeping very close to Hamilton!
Lap 3 Ocon is running P10 in the Manor! The youngster capatalising on the incident ridden start.
Lap 2 Back to racing! Hamilton leadingm Rosberg all the way down in P17 after a spin before the VSC.
Lap 1 Drivers taking the opportunity to do their pitstops...
Lap 1 Virtual safety car is out.
START Hamilton pulls away! Vettel attacks aggressively and is the first casualty! Vettel is out! Suspension damage!
14:59 Massa hasn't left his slot yet! Seems like an electric problem.
14:59 Formation lap underway...
14:58 Ferrari is the most successful team in Malaysia. Mercedes will have something to say about that...
14:57 Engineers making last minute preparations before the start.
14:56 There are some clouds lingering around but no rain expected.
14:53 Track looks buzzing! Starts will be critical, its been the decider throughout the season.
14:51 All smiles from Daniel Ricciardo. The Aussie driver is plugged into his music, getting into the zone.
14:50 National anthem was just sung! Drivers now lining up on the grid.
14:41 Just a reminder, this track has been completely resurfaced.
14:40 Fernando Alonso won this race in 2005, 2007 and 2012.
14:35 Currently on the grid, Sebastian Vettel is most successful driver, with four wins.
14:32 Mercedes have won one race in the last six races.
14:30 Pit lane is open.
14:23 Today's grand prix marks Button's 300th race start. The 2009 World Champ joins an elite group of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher to have reached 300. Not bad company.
14:19 Ferrari are next in line with Sebastian Vettel qualifying ahead of Kimi Raikkonen followed by the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. Jenson Button and Felipe Massa make up the fifth row.
14:16 Red Bull look as if they will be Mercedes' strongest competitor today. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are starting third and fourth on the grid while having also shown great race-pace in Friday's practices.
14:12 Mercedes can wrap up the Constructors' title today - yip, with five races to spare. They are 222 points ahead of Red Bull Racing so as long as Red Bull don't outscore Mercedes by eight points that trophy will be returning to Brackley for the third year running.
14:07 All eyes are on Mercedes today as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go into the race with Rosberg eight points ahead in the title race. Hamilton, though, is the one on pole while Rosberg is starting P2.
14:00 The Mercedes fight for the World title resumes this weekend as Formula 1 races around the Sepang circuit for round 16 of the 2016 World Championship. This is the Malaysian Grand Prix, all times are local.
18:05 Wow! What a qualy! Join us again tomorrow for the race!
18:03 Vettel and Raikkonen get fifth and sixth respectively!
18:02 Rosberg makes it on the front row! He goes second! Verstappen goes third with Ricciardo behind him.
18:01 Hamilton backs out! It's all on Rosberg now!
18:00 Rosberg begins his hot lap, could be vital in the race for the Championship.
17:59 All ten drivers are out for their final hot laps on the yellow lined tyre.
17:58 Hamilton and Rosberg are out now. Verstappen and Vettel also enter the Sepang circuit.
17:57 Button still hasn't set a lap yet. Everyone in the pits.
17:57 Rosberg has an uphill battle now if he is to climb up the grid.
17:56 Rosberg currently fifth! Verstappen is flying here.
17:55 Hamilton sets the fastest lap by half a second! The Brit even made a slight mistake, can Rosberg issue a reply?
17:54 Woah! Vettel set the fastest time only for Verstappen to beat it!
17:53 Perez sets the first time of 1:35.173!
17:51 Everyone out there on the track expect Button! Perhaps he is waiting to pounce at the right moment?
17:50 Green light! Vettel leads the pack for the final shoot-out.
17:47 Hamilton looks like he will be taking pole today, unless Rosberg pulls out a wonder lap from his helmut like we've seen in the past.
17:46 Laughs and smiles from the Mercedes garage....Well they seem rather confident!
17:45 Right! Let's get the final qualy underway! Should be a cracker!
17:41 Eliminated in Q2: Bottas, Grosjean, Gutierrez, Magnussen, Kvyat, Sainz.
17:40 Chequered flag is out! Button improves to P8! Bottas drops out! Hulkenberg and Perez advance to Q3!
17:39 Everyone out on the track expect the top seven! Guessing they're all confident they are safe.
17:38 With two minutes left Button currently lingering P11 just outside the safe zone.
17:35 Perez posts a 1m34.556s.
17:34 Button goes seventh!
17:32 Vettel posts his fastest time but only goes fifth!
17:30 Both Toro Rosso's in the drop zone
17:28 Ricciardo has been outclassed by his team-mate all weekend it seems...
17:27 Verstappen occupying third now!
17:23 Rosberg and Hamilton battling it out again! Rosberg sets the first time of 1:33.609 and Hamilton beats it with a 1:33.046!
17:22 Everyone on the soft compound now, as this is the tyre they will start the race on.
17:21 And Q2 is a go!
17:20 Drivers that made it into Q2: 1 Hamilton, 1m34.444s 2 Rosberg, +0.016s 3 Raikkonen, +0.112s 4 Vettel, +0.113s 5 Hulkenberg, +0.383s 6 Perez, +0.624s 7 Ricciardo, +0.635s 8 Bottas, +0.722s 9 Massa, +0.823s 10 Button +0.823s 11 Grosjean, +.956s 12 Verstappen, +0.999s 13 Magnussen, +1.149s 14 Sainz, +1.161s 15 Gutierrez, +1.214s 16 Kvyat, +1.251s.
17:20 Eliminated in Q1: Ericsson, Nasr, Palmer, Ocon, Wehrlein, Alonso.
17:19 Ericsson knocks his team-mate out!
17:18 Chequered flag out! Drivers scrambling now to save themselves!
17:17 Button moves up to 10th!
17:16 Ocon moves up to 18th!
17:15 Eyes on Ocon now as he tries to get the possible position for himself on the grid.
17:14 Five minutes left in this session! Everyone in the garage expect for a couple drivers. Vettel and Raikkonen still out there.
17:14 Palmer and Button fighting to make it out of Q1 here! All the usual suspects in the danger zone as expected, including Alonso.
17:13 Hamilton and Rosberg back at the garage after completing their three laps.
17:12 Palmer goes off the road at Turn 6.
17:10 Great lap by Hulkenberg, he is currently third! Ricciardo goes fourth on mediums.
17:09 Red Bull also now going on the mediums, clearly to try and save their soft tyres though.
17:09 Button spins! Almost caused some trouble there on his 300th Grand Prix!
17:08 Hamilton sets fastest time - 1:34.444
17:08 Pascal sets the first time of 1:36.999.
17:07 Manor reminds Wehrlein about the dust on the start/finish line.
17:06 Ferrari, though, using the mediums.
17:04 As expected, soft rubber looks like the preferred choice.
17:02 Hamilton goes straight out on the softs at the Sepang International Circuit.
17:00 Green light! Q1 is underway! Pascal Wehrlein leads this 18 minute session!
16:59 Lots of Ferrari flags around, and rightly so for the most prestigious team on the F1 grid.
16:58 Lewis Hamilton spotted in his Silver Arrow already. He looks amped!
16:55 Ladies and Gents, we're almost underway!
16:50 Last year, the top three qualifiers were: P1 Lewis Hamilton, P2 Sebastian Vettel and P3 Nico Rosberg
16:47 Fernando Alonso posted the slowest time of the day so far.
16:42 Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished 4th and 5th respectively, while Daniel Ricciardo occupied 6th place.
16:40 It is quite encouraging from youngster as yesterday during the second practice session he fell behind both Mercs and both Ferrari's.
16:35 Verstappen managed to split the two Mercs as Nico Rosberg posted the third fastest time of the day.
16:32 In case you missed FP3, here's what happened: Lewis Hamilton put in a mammoth 1:34.434 to go four-tenths clear of Max Verstappen in final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
16:30 Welcome back to the Sepang International Circuit! Who is your tip to grab pole today?
15:01 That's it for this session. P1 for Hamilton, P2 for Verstappen and third for Rosberg. Will be interesting to see if the Bulls can challenge in qualifying. Tune in in two hours for Q1 for the Malaysian GP. Cheers.
15:00 The chequered flag is out and Hamilton ends P1 while Ocon has a late error that results in a small piece of bodywork taking flying lessons. He is P20 as he doesn't improve his time.
14:58 So it appears as if this session will end with Hamilton P1 ahead of Verstappen as Rosberg has exited the pits on used soft tyres.
14:56 Vettel improves his time but stays in fifth place. Sainz jumps up to ninth on his soft tyre run.
14:54 Raikkonen goes third, and Verstappen bumps him down as the Dutchman takes second place off Rosberg. He is 0.445s short of Hamilton's best.
14:53 Verstappen and Raikkonen are both on soft runs. Hulkenberg goes fifth and Bottas sixth.
14:52 Speaking of Ferrari, here comes Vettel on a soft tyre run but he is over four-tenths down in the middle sector. He goes P3, 08s down on Hamilton.
14:51 Perez improves from eighth to seventh, taking the position off Button. The McLaren driver is P8, Gutierrez P9 and Raikkonen P10.
14:49 Hamilton starts another flying lap. Faster in the first sector, but slower in the second, and he does a 1:34.6. Not faster than his best, but still better than his rivals. Massa goes sixth.
14:47 Rosberg has closed the gap but is still 0.619s slower than his team-mate.
14:46 Hamilton is up on Rosberg through the second sector and crosses the line with a 1:34.434 to go eight tenths up on Rosberg. 321.3kph through the speed trap.
14:43 Wehrlein is told to "box" as whatever was wrong with his Manor is still wrong.
14:42 Hamilton leaves the pits on a new set of soft tyres.
14:41 Palmer on the soft tyres goes 12th.
14:40 Rosberg just edges Ricciardo on the softs, a 1:35.293 for the German, which is 0.1 68s than the Aussie's best.
14:39 Wehrlein is out of his car, the floor is coming up and there is a lot of work going on.
14:38 A big lock up from Perez into the final corner leaves a swash of tyre smoke in his wake.
14:37 Dropzone: Nasr, Ericsson, Ocon, Wehrlein, Alonso and Sainz.
14:34 Verstappen reports that his car feels "very weird through Turns 1 and 2 with the engine, like it is braking too much."
14:33 Verstappen goes third on the mediums, 0.6s down, while Vettel lays down some rubber as he hits his pit box.
14:30 P1 for Hamilton, make that P1 for Ricciardo. He does a 1:35.461 on his soft tyres to beat Hamilton's medium run by 0.151s.
14:29 Ricciardo is back out and on the soft tyres.
14:27 Vettel meets a bollard as he spins, the Ferrari driver wins that battle as the bollard goes flying.
14:24 A 1:36.3 for Rosberg while Hamilton goes purple in the first two sectors and then backs right off.
14:23 "There is something wrong with the car, you find out because it is pointless driving the car right now," says Grosjean after yet another off.
14:20 P1 for Perez on the soft tyres, and P2 for Hamilton on the mediums. He is 0.039s down on the Force India driver.
14:19 A 1:3...nope Rosberg backs off as there is a spinner - looks to be a Haas - which brings out the yellow flags. It was Gutierrez who goes it wrong.
14:17 And with that Hamilton heads out on a new set of the medium tyres. Rosberg follows him out.
14:16 Still no on-track action from Mercedes but Hamilton is sitting in his W07.
14:15 Wehrlein is still struggling with power delivery as Bottas, in another Mercedes-powered car, slots into fifth place behind Ricciardo. Hulkenberg, Massa and Perez.
14:13 Hulkenberg crosses the line with a 1:36.6 to slide into second, 0.142s down on Ricciardo's best. Hulkenberg is on the softs to Ricciardo's medium.
14:12 There's a bit of extra work going on over at Red Bull on Verstappen's car with a bunch of mechanics surrounding the car. Max is standing at the back of the garage.
14:10 Ricciardo ups his pace to a 1:36.4.
14:09 Gloves on for Hamilton as he has a chat with his guys. He recently spoke of how the pre-season change of mechanics did have a psychological impact. Toto Wolff responded by saying there is no Team Hamilton or Team Rosberg.
14:08 Pascal Wehrlein, who was not happy on Friday, reports some "hesitation from the engine" as he gets into his practice programme.
14:06 Ricciardo lowers the P1 time to a 1:36.8 on the medium tyres.
14:05 Times on the board with a 1:40.2 for Magnussen and a 1:41.2 for Palmer. Expect those times to tumble dramatically as the session progresses.
14:04 Big slide from Alonso sends up a spray of sparks, which always makes for a great picture.
14:03 Good news for Kevin Magnussen as the Renault driver, who sat out FP1 after his RS16 caught fire, is already laying down the laps.
14:01 A practice start from Alonso at the end the pit lane means one of the Haas is the first to exit.
14:00 Green light, and FP3 is underway at the Sepang circuit...
13:55 Five minutes to the start and the air temperature is 33'C, track temp is 53'C.
13:51 The weekend's other big news is the change to the track, most notably to Turn 15. The final corner is now off-camber, the change made in the earlier resurfacing, and the drivers are not all that happy. "It's challenging. I guess that's one positive side of it," said Daniel Ricciardo. "You take the inside, but then it sort of washes it away with the negative banking and you're on the outside so you do a lot more distance. I wouldn't say it's a fun corner, you're really struggling for grip as the track falls away."
13:44 Over at McLaren-Honda, Fernando Alonso is back on his Singapore spec engine but is running the new Honda exhaust. So too is Jenson Button. Alonso's penalty tally for his weekend is now up to 45 thanks to Friday's engine change.
13:41 Ferrari and Red Bull will, however, be looking to get involved. Sebastian Vettel was third quickest on Friday, finishing ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. If you haven't heard it yet, Perez is now being linked to a move to Haas as he looks to align himself with Ferrari for a 2018 drive.
13:35 Friday's honours were shared among the Mercedes drivers with Nico Rosberg fastest in FP1 and Lewis Hamilton taking over in FP2. The team-mates, who are separated by eight points in the German's favour, are expected to be the pace-setters in this afternoon's qualifying.
13:30 Welcome back to the Sepang circuit for the third and final practice session. All times are local and this practice session is only 60 minutes.
15:32 Join us again tomorrow for FP3! Cheers!
15:30 Chequered flag! Hamilton tops the session!
15:28 Just under two minutes left as teams begin to scramble for lap times!
15:24 Hamilton seems frustrated: "I need a gap, I've got no power to get by."
15:21 Plenty of tyre complaints throughout the day, teams will be looking to correct that come FP3 and qualy...
15:20 Mercedes practicing a five-second pitsop penalty if they get penalised! Interesting! "You have a five-second penalty that we'll do at the pitstop,"
15:18 Rosberg does a time in the 1:40's on the mediums...
15:17 Button and Magnussen having a little squabble there! The Brit wasn't too polite on the team radio...
15:15 Just three cars in the pits now as drivers trying to make the most of the closing session.
15:12 Button goes from 20th to 10th! Almost like he was cruising throughout the morning session.
15:08 Mercedes tells Rosberg: "Just be aware, left rear temperature still on the limit."
15:06 The current top ten now: Hamilton; 2 Rosberg; 3 Vettel; 4 Raikkonen; 5 Verstappen; 6 Perez; 7 Alonso; 8 Ricciardo; 9 Hulkenberg; 10 Sainz.
15:04 Alonso back on track now with the mediums.
15:02 Force India looking quick on this track, both Hulkenberg and Perez both lapping fast times.
15:00 Just about 30 minutes left in this session!
14:56 Perez seen locking up there...
14:53 Update on the lap times so far: 1.Hamilton 2. Rosberg 3. Vettel 4. Verstappen 5. Perez 6. Alonso. 7. Ricciardo. 8. Hulkenberg.
14:51 Woah! Magnussen goes off track and onto the grass, he goes through the pitlane and back onto the track again.
14:50 Teams doing long stints now with their cars..
14:44 Magnussen heading down to the pitlane! Great work from the French manufacturers to get his car ready.
14:38 Yup, Hamilton breaks the 1:34' barrier and goes fastest.
14:37 Hamilton flying with the soft tyre, lets what lap time he clocks in...
14:35 Hamilton in the pits now, while Rosberg sets the new fastest time on the soft tyre.
14:31 Great news for Renault! Kevin Magnussen looks set to enter the track again after his car caught alight during FP1.
14:30 Vettel goes fastest on the soft compound! With a 1:35.605.
14:27 Hamilton also on hards now. Interesting, could we see them make an appearance during the race on Sunday? They seem to be doing quick laps.
14:25 Sainz gives his thoughts on the circuit so far: "We have definitely overcooked the oversteeer, lots of oversteer. The track has changed a lot, I would like to make a change. There is much more oversteer than I expected, the tyre and the track [are the cause]."
14:22 Hammer time! Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:36.144.
14:21 The grip on the track looks shoddy! Track temperature is playing a big part already...
14:17 Toto Wolff seen smiling, and rightly so with the form Mercedes have enjoyed in 2016.
14:15 Ricciardo out on the track now on mediums, should be an interesting afternoon for Red Bull.
14:12 Vettel goes ahead of Alonso! But Rosberg pips both of them with a 1:36.543.
14:11 Vettel on the track, expect Alonso's time to move down to second fastest.
14:09 Ocon and Palmer now out and about on the Sepang International Circuit. Palmer is trying out the hard compound.
14:07 Alonso tops it with a time of 1:38.158!
14:05 Boom, Gutierrez sets the first time of 1:38.475.
14:04 Just a reminder, Alonso got hit with a 30-place grid penalty for changing his engine.
14:02 Grosjean and Alonso follow him....
14:00 Green light! Gutierrez pips the grid and goes out first!
13:58 There are some clouds lurking, rain is quite common during this Grand Prix weekend...
13:55 We're underway soon! Hopefully the only burning we see is that of the tyres....
13:50 Red Bull were behind Ferrari during the first session, could that be the order of Sunday's race? Could very much be so.
13:46 Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein doesn't seem to be happy after FP1: "Something cannot be right,"
13:44 Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth fastest respectively.
13:40 Kevin Magnussen stole the show though during F1, albeit for the wrong reasons as he his caught alight, the session was red flagged for about 15 minutes.
13:35 Rosberg posted a time of 1:35.227, 0.494s quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
13:33 After an incident filled FP1, this is what occurred - Nico Rosberg fired the opening salvo for the Malaysian Grand Prix as he went quickest in FP1, a session that was red flagged when Kevin Magnussens RS16 caught fire.
13:30 Welcome back F1 fans! We're underway in 30 minutes for the second free practice of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
11:31 That's it for now, join us in two hours for the build up to FP2. Cheers.
11:30 The chequered flag falls on FP1 which concludes with a P1 for Rosberg, 0.494s up on Hamilton. Raikkonen is third for Ferrari.
11:27 Ferrari's Jock Clear takes a walk all the way down to the end of the pit lane, stares at something, and walks all the way back up to the Ferrari garage.
11:25 20 of the 22 drivers are putting in the laps with only Magnussen and Bottas, whose car is up on jacks, in the pits.
11:21 Nasr out on new softs reports: "There's too much understeer in the car in the high speed."
11:19 It looks as if Ricciardo, Verstappen, Hulkenberg and Perez, all of whom are inside the top ten, won't be using the soft tyres this session.
11:15 Track temperature is up to 48'C.
11:14 Rosberg gets it a bit wrong through Turn 11 as the back end of his W07 steps out on him.
11:12 Interesting to watch the various lines through the final corner. It is now off camber after a slight change during the resurfacing. Some, such as Rosberg, are going in deep, others such as Raikkonen are sticking to the middle line.
11:09 In the dropzone, so to speak if this was Q1, are Ericsson, Felipe Massa, Felipe Nasr, Palmer, Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein. And Magnussen as he has not been out since his fire.
11:04 Rosberg heads back out on a used set of mediums as he practices a start on his way out of the pits.
11:03 Perez adds his name to the list of those testing the track limits as he gets it wrong through Turns 7 and 8.
11:01 Vettel is topping the top speed times with a 325.1, Hamilton is second with a 324.9kph.
10:59 Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reckons today's quick times are more down to the resurfacing of this track than to the cars.
10:55 Raikkonen's opening lap on the mediums is a 1:36.6, which is three tenths down on his soft tyre lap.
10:54 Alonso has improved to fifth place on the soft Pirellis.
10:51 Raikkonen leaves the Ferrari garage on the medium tyres while Verstappen has swapped his mediums for hards.
10:48 A 1:35.8 for Rosberg on the mediums, that is sixth tenths down on his soft tyre run, and a 1:35.8 for Hamilton.
10:46 Hamilton is back out, now running the mediums. Rosberg joins his team-mate on the mediums.
10:44 Sainz is out on the soft tyres in his Toro Rosso. He was P15 and improves to 12th.
10:43 Ricciardo moves up sixth place with the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg next in line. Button, in his 300 GP, is P9 ahead of Alonso.
10:42 Verstappen in fifth, who is 1.7s off the pace, set his time on the medium tyres.
10:41 Track temperature is up to 43'C as both Ferraris head back into the pits. Raikkonen is third, 1.088s down, Vettel is fourth, 1.104s off the pace. They, like the Mercedes drivers, have been running the soft tyres.
10:39 Another hot lap from Rosberg sees him lower the benchmark to a 1:35.227 to pull half a second clear of Hamilton.
10:37 Palmer is the next driver struggling to keep it on the track as he runs wide and mounts the kerbs.
10:36 Hamilton is back in the pits with a huge flat-spot after locking up before taking to the Astroturf.
10:35 Vettel continues on despite reporting: "I've got so much vibration I can barely see."
10:32 Sainz gets it rather wrong on the exit of Turn 10 and takes a trip over the gravel trap before working his way onto the somewhat less destructive grass.
10:31 A 1:35.7 for Rosberg is the new benchmark time while Hamilton is 0.005s slower. Raikkonen and Vettel are third and fourth.
10:27 A crazy dash to get out there including Hamilton.
10:26 FP1 is back underway.
10:23 Rosberg and Ricciardo are patiently waiting in their cars as the clew up operation looks to be over.
10:21 Cleaning crew on hand to sweep up some of that left over foam from the pit lane.
10:18 The car is now being pushed back inside the garage so expect the red flag to be lifted shortly.
10:17 Magnussen's car is being drained of the fuel and his once yellow Renault is now white due to the fire extinguisher foam.
10:13 Renault are trying to get the fuel out of Magnussen's car as that is what seems to be leaking and igniting. But given the location of the car, just in front of Renault's garage, the red flag is the right decision as others have to pass the stricken RS16 to get out of the pits.
10:11 Red flag!
10:10 More flames as it appears as there is liquid leaking from the engine cover that keeps igniting.
10:09 That is a rather white Renault as the mechanics had a bit of a time trying to get the flames out. And another shot from the fire extinguisher. This is happening in the pit lane.
10:06 Fire in the pit lane and a big jump from Kevin Magnussen as he leaps out of his Renault. As Magnussen was about to be pushed back in the garage, fire leapt from the top of the engine cover.
10:05 Birthday boy Verstappen, who is running aero sensors on both sides of his car, is putting in a second lap.
10:04 And out goes championship leader Rosberg followed by Daniel Ricciardo. Just Hamilton then.
10:02 Jenson Button puts in a lap with aero sensors fitted to his McLaren-Honda. His team-mate Fernando Alonso is running Honda's updated engine this session.
10:00 Green light as Esteban Gutierrez is the first driver out in the Haas.
09:55 Air temperature is 29'C and the track is 37'C as we are five minutes away from FP1.
09:49 A big happy birthday to Max Verstappen, who is celebrating his 19th birthday.
09:43 But while Mercedes may be the in-form team, it is Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who is the defending Malaysian GP champion. He won last year by eight seconds ahead of Hamilton with Rosberg third at the line. Vettel insists there is "always" a chance that Ferrari can win it again come Sunday.
09:39 But while that championship looks as if it will go down to the wire, the Constructors' could be sealed this weekend. Mercedes are 222 points ahead of Red Bull Racing and don't even need to score this weekend to wrap it up. they just need Red Bull to not score more than seven points.
09:36 The championship battle and state of play over at Mercedes are dominating the headlines in the build up to this weekend's grand prix after Nico Rosberg stormed into the lead with his third win since the summer break in Singapore. He now leads Lewis Hamilton by eight points.
09:30 Welcome to the Sepang circuit, home of the Malaysian Grand Prix. All times are local.
Driver Standings
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.853 1:37:12.776 2
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:39.366 2.443 3
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.056 25.516 3
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.175 28.785 3
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:39.979 61.582 1
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:39.587 63.794 2
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.512 65.205 3
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:39.472 74.062 3
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1:38.929 81.816 2
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:40.073 95.466 1
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:40.644 98.878 2
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.781 1 LAP 2
13 Felipe Massa Williams 1:40.466 1 LAP 3
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:41.552 1 LAP 3
15 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:39.653 1 LAP 3
16 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:41.693 1 LAP 2
R Lewis Hamilton Mercedes RETIRED 57 LAPS 1
R Sebastian Vettel Ferrari RETIRED 57 LAPS 0
R Romain Grosjean Haas RETIRED 57 LAPS 0
R Esteban Gutierrez Haas RETIRED 57 LAPS 3
R Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport RETIRED 57 LAPS 2
R Felipe Nasr Sauber RETIRED 57 LAPS 2
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.850 - 4
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.264 0.414 4
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.420 0.57 5
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:33.467 0.617 4
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.584 0.734 5
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.632 0.782 5
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:34.319 1.469 5
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:34.489 1.639 5
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:34.577 1.531 2
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1:34.518 1.668 5
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:34.671 1.821 5
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.046 - 2
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.609 0.563 2
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.775 0.729 3
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:33.888 0.842 2
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.903 0.857 3
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.972 0.926 3
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:34.422 1.376 3
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:34.431 1.385 4
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:34.441 1.395 3
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:34.538 1.492 3
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:34.577 1.531 3
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.001 1.955 4
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:35.097 2.051 4
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:35.277 2.231 4
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.369 2.323 4
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:35.374 2.328 4
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:35.999 1.555 1
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:35.949 1.505 1
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.444 - 1
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.460 0.016 1
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.556 0.112 2
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.557 0.113 2
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:34.827 0.383 1
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.068 0.624 1
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.079 0.635 1
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:35.166 0.722 1
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:35.267 0.823 2
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1:35.267 0.823 2
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.400 0.956 2
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.443 0.999 2
13 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:35.593 1.149 2
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:35.60 1.161 2
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:35.658 1.214 2
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.695 1.251 2
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.816 95.816 2
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:35.949 95.949 2
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:35.999 95.999 2
20 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:36.451 96.451 2
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:36.587 96.587 2
22 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:37.155 97.155 1
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.434 - 5
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.879 0.445 4
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.053 0.619 6
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.150 0.716 6
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.170 0.736 6
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.461 1.027 3
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:35.776 1.342 3
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:35.902 1.468 6
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:36.222 1.788 4
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:36.227 1.793 7
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:36.259 1.825 3
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:36.363 1.929 3
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:36.553 2.119 4
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:36.604 2.170 4
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:36.687 2.253 5
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:36.741 2.307 3
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.752 2.318 4
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:36.765 2.331 5
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:37.106 2.672 4
20 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:37.961 3.527 3
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:38.089 3.655 3
22 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:41.199 6.765 3
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.944 - 5
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.177 0.233 5
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.605 0.661 7
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.842 0.898 7
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.037 1.093 4
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:36.284 1.34 4
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.296 1.352 5
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:36.337 1.393 4
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:36.390 1.446 4
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1:36.715 1.771 4
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:36.836 1.892 5
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:36.940 1.996 4
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:37.016 2.072 5
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:37.048 2.104 4
15 Felipe Massa Williams 1:37.110 2.166 5
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.297 2.353 5
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:37.449 2.505 4
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:37.547 2.603 5
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:37.664 2.72 4
20 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.789 2.845 3
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:37.878 2.934 4
22 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:37.990 3.046 4
Driver Standings
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.227 - 7
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.721 0.494 5
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.315 1.088 6
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.331 1.104 5
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.510 1.283 4
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:36.753 1.526 5
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.973 1.746 5
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:37.513 2.286 5
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:37.601 2.374 5
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1:37.613 2.386 5
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.847 2.62 5
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:37.861 2.634 5
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.886 2.659 5
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:37.921 2.694 4
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:38.055 2.828 5
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:38.184 2.957 4
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:38.313 3.086 4
18 Felipe Massa Williams 1:38.339 3.112 5
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.148 3.921 6
20 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:40.036 4.809 5
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:40.627 5.400 5
22 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 2
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