Malaysian GP as it happened

Text and video highlights of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, where Lewis Hamilton has won ahead of Nico Rosberg.

30 March 2014 Last updated at 06:32 GMT

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  1. 12:30: 
    Malaysian GP

    That spring in Lewis Hamilton's step is back. The Briton could easily have got down after a Mercedes power unit issue robbed him of victory in Australia, but he didn't. Instead, the 2008 world champion reset and pressed home the car's advantage to take victory in Malaysia and remind everybody that he fancies this year's title.

    Of course, there is still a long way to go, 17 races in fact, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix next weekend, but it's an ominous sign that Hamilton and Mercedes could go on to dominate this championship in the way Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel did so in 2011 or Michael Schumacher and Ferrari in 2004.

    I'll be back 11:30 BST to bring you live coverage of first practice in Bahrain. Until then, it's good afternoon from me. Farewell.

  2. 12:26: 
    Malaysian GP

    Mercedes deliver on promise as victor Hamilton's beaming smile returns. Rosberg retains championship lead while Vettel finally gets on the board. Massa stands up for himself, leaving Williams team-mate Bottas unhappy. Hulkenberg stars once more and Caterham have reason to cheer at last. Ricciardo has a shocker, Lotus complete a race distance and Sherlock takes centre stage on the podium.

  3. 12:23: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's race report. There will be highlights at 21:00 BST on the Red Button plus look out for all the best interviews and news from the Sepang paddock on the F1 pages later today.

  4. 12:20: 

    Who is your driver of the day? For me, it's a no brainer. Lewis Hamilton converted pole position into victory, setting the fastest lap along the way. The Briton was just too good for anybody else. His team-mate Nico Rosberg below says as much. Rosberg may well be leading the world championship, but Hamilton reminded everyone today, as if we needed reminding, that he is very much in the title fight - and arguably the man to beat.

  5. 12:18: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Race winner Lewis Hamilton: "It's been pretty special, I have never had the best of luck here. I have always had the pace but things have gone wrong.

    "But today - what a great feeling, the guys did a great job, I am so proud of this team, what a great job they have done collectively. I am sure they're always there are things we can improve, I have learnt so much from today to take into the next race.

    "I would have to say this is the best car I have ever driven."

  6. 12:14: 
    Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and the Mercedes team

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who finished second, speaking to Lee McKenzie: "It's a great result, well deserved and of course I would have loved to have won but Lewis Hamilton was just two fast. I now need to analyse my race and what I can do better.

    "Red Bull have done a great job to come back so quickly, they are still the benchmark in this sport but we have to continue in Bahrain."

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    Oliver Bitten: Are we witnessing the beginnings of an 'uncoupling' between team-mates in the @WilliamsRacing team?

    Ross Arnold: If Bottas couldn't pass Massa, how did Williams expect him to pass Button?

    Tom Fiddimore: Looks like my F1 wish was granted and a Union Jack was firmly placed atop the podium - hoping it's a continuing trend.

  8. 12:12: 

    On the subject of Felipe Massa disobeying team orders, Niki Lauda added: "Good, it was interesting to watch and Massa was competing. It is a problem every team could have. We have two good drivers fighting for each other, we have no team orders but thankfully Lewis got a good start and got ahead of Nico but it is something that would be a problem for us in the future.

    "Racing drivers are racing drivers they race for themselves, I would do exactly the same and my drivers would do the same."

  9. 12:09: 

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda punched the air when Lewis Hamilton crossed the line to take victory, but he hasn't got time celebrate as he's got a flight to catch back to Vienna. But before he heads off, the three-time world champion had a chat to BBC F1 pit lane reporter Niki Lauda.

    "The team is my baby and I am very happy," said Lauda. "It was a fantastic drive by Lewis and Nico and to get first and second was great. Two races, two wins, we can't do any better.

    "I am not surprised by the start though because I have watched the team throughout the winter. We knew that the new car was better than last year's and we have got a balanced car with a good engine so the next couple of races are going to be very exciting.

    "I am keeping my feet on the ground because things can change very quickly so I will never get carried away. We will continue to improve the engine and the car to make sure we can just keep our noses ahead."

  10. 12:05: 

    Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel may be off the pace in the drivers' standings but he has reasons to be cheerful after a strong showing, especially in terms of outright performance, from his Red Bull following a difficult start to the season.

    "The guys are pushing back in the factory and at Renault," says Vettel. "Considering where we were not even two months ago I think this weekend is a massive step in the right direction. It's a shame we didn't finish with both cars.

    "But the car is quick - there's still a lot of work to do as it doesn't feel great. There is a lot still to learn and we need the laps, but for now it's important to collect points. We'll try to be up there very soon again.

    "It was shame from my point of view to lose a place at the start and I tried to fight Nico. But then I got it back but I was not able to catch Nico. Third was our maximum position, so I'm very happy with that."

  11. 12:02: 

    While McLaren's Kevin Magnussen didn't put a foot wrong in Australia, he didn't manage to repeat the trick in Malaysia. The Dane tapped Kimi Raikkonen, puncturing the Ferrari's rear tyre and earning himself a stop-go penalty and a broken front wing.

    "I apologise to the team because I made a mistake in the first corner and it made the race a lot worse," says Magnussen. "I'm sorry about that and I will learn. Jenson did a brilliant job today and he started 10th and finished sixth. I started eighth and should have finished well from a better starting position. It was my mistake."

  12. 11:58: 

    Fernando Alonso says he had "fun" during the Malaysian Grand Prix, finishing fourth for Ferrari. But he wants more pace from the car so that he can challenge Mercedes and Red Bull.

    "It was never an easy race, as I would expect," said Alonso. "It was tough, and maybe we didn't have the pace to follow the Mercedes or Red Bull. We had a different strategy and it was fun, but definitely we need to work a little bit on the performance.

    "We want to battle with Red Bull and Mercedes. But on the other had we had zero technical problems all weekend - we just need better performance."

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    Amanda: I think @LewisHamilton did exceptionally well today. A perfect drive - calm, steady, saving tyres & fuel. Great to see him so happy.

    Louise: I think Massa didn't move over as he was sick of listening to the same demands at Ferrari and wanted to show what he had!

    Phillippa: My driver of the day has to be Grosjean for actually finishing the race and keeping Kimi behind him for so long.

  14. 11:54: 

    Valtteri Bottas, who finished eighth, on his battle with team-mate Felipe Massa: "I was approaching quicker than him. We should speak with the team, look at the data and see if I could have caught Jenson and I thought I could have.

    "We need to learn from today for the future, we always have to keep learning."

  15. 11:52: 

    Williams' Felipe Massa, who finished seventh just ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, speaking to Lee McKenzie: "I have nothing to say, I was just fighting to the end, that's the way I wanted to do it and I will fight for my career and for what is right.

    "I did nothing wrong because I was chasing Jenson Button and there was a chance of catching him.

    "I don't regret what I did. I tried to push in the direction I believed was the right one and we both got points on the day.

    "I have very good respect for the team and I believe they respect me and that is very important."

  16. 11:49: 

    Few will have forgotten the team orders furore at last year's Malaysian Grand Prix where Sebastian Vettel ignored his team and overtook team-mate Mark Webber to secure victory.

    This year, team orders were on the agenda once more when Williams told Felipe Massa to let Valtteri Bottas through because he was faster. It was like being at Ferrari all over again, only this time, Massa chose not to do so and showed no regrets after the race.

  17. 11:45: 
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    If you missed any of the best bits of the race, you can catch up now with our video highlights.

  18. 11:42: 

    Lotus' Romain Grosjean, who finished 11th: "I think it was alright overall, the tyre degradation was hard to control and it was tough last few laps. It was good to see the chequered flag and a good reward for all the guys."

  19. 11:40: 

    Race winner Lewis Hamilton on BBC Radio 5 live: "To win that race is incredible - I'm kind of lost for words, really. Just ecstatic - what a great weekend for the team, particularly after a difficult weekend in Australia. To see all the work the team have done to get us here today, well I'm really proud.

    "I'm really happy with the way today went. Nothing is ever easy and you're always learning, and today is the first race distance I've really covered. I've learned about the fuel and the tyres, lots of things I can improve upon. But I'm really happy with the performance today, and let's hope it continues.

    "I came into the weekend thinking that dedicating a win to the people of Malaysia would be a really cool thing to do. You can never predict that you're going to win, so the first thing I thought of when I crossed the line was those families.

    "I've been watching it every day on the news and cannot even imagine what it's like for them. I know this won't do anything for them, but still, hopefully it's a positive."


    Caterham owner Tony Fernandes: Well done @CaterhamF1 especially our two drivers. After all the gremlins great to get two cars home and good pace with so little set up.

  21. 11:36: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button, who finished sixth: "I think after Friday, sixth place was probably better than expected, I don't think there were many cars slower than us then but a lot of work was done. I had to really control where I could and couldn't push so it was a really thinking race for me and mentally very tiring.

    "It's not where we want to finish though and we need some upgrades."

  22. 11:34: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button cuts a disconsolate figure when speaking to Lee McKenzie after finishing sixth.

    The Briton showed good pace, as did his team-mate Kevin Magnussen, in Australia with the pair finishing third and second respectively. But in Malaysia, it looks like they have made a step backwards. Button was sixth, Magnussen ninth.

  23. 11:31: 

    Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, who finished fifth: "After the start, I was in a nice comfortable position so it was easier to manage the tyres and fuel which was good.

    "Alonso was eating me alive but I knew there was no way to keep him at bay. I was expecting McLaren and more so with Williams that they would be all over me but we performed very well.

    "It's been a really smooth transition [going back to Force India] better than I thought to be honest, it helps knowing people and I love the guys. They all look after me and every now and again I will try to give them points and it seems to work so far.

    "The aim in Bahrain must to carry on and get some more points."

    Suzi Perry and David Coulthard with Nico Hulkenberg

    Force India: 5th-placed @NicoHulkenberg meeting @suziperry and @therealdcf1 for a friendly chat on @bbcf1 #FeelTheForce

  25. 11:28: 
    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who failed to finish, still manages a slight smile despite his unfortunate race: "I am disappointed, it was looking like we could have a solid points finish and I was starting to mix it up at the front but at the last pit stop there were all the problems so the race ended pretty quickly for me.

    "Deep down I am really disappointed but there is a bit in me which is happy because I have come out how i wanted to in the first two races, I want to improve but there are things to be pleased with.

    "Because I am always smiling and happy a lot of people think I am too nice but I am here to race and I want to race at the front and you will see a lot more of that."

  26. 11:24: 

    Caterham will be pleased with their afternoon's work, too. Kamui Kobayashi finished 13th - which could prove crucial in the battle for 10th in the constructors' championship come the end of the year - with rookie Marcus Ericsson 14th.

    The team have had problem after problem after problem this weekend, with their mechanics working their socks off. It may not be points, but it's still very, very encouraging for the boys and girls in green.

  27. 11:21: 

    As Lotus say, it was a good job from Romain Grosjean who impressively fended off Kimi Raikkonen, who was out of position after a puncture early in the race, in the closing stages. Just getting to the chequered flag is good considering their huge lack of running.


    Lotus: Well done @RGrosjean! Tough start to year, but first finish ticked off and in fighting style. Bring on Bahrain.

  29. 11:20: 

    Nico Rosberg retains his championship lead with 43 points, with Lewis Hamilton moving into second on 25. Fernando Alonso is third on 24, one point clear of Jenson Button with Kevin Magnussen three points further back. Sebastian Vettel is seventh, 28 points behind Rosberg. Check out the standings here.

  30. 11:17: 

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: When you consider where we were a month ago just to see the chequered flag was a result.

    On Daniel Ricciardo's troubled race: "It doesn't look like the car has got on the jack properly [at the pit stop]. The front-left then didn't attach. We think the problem with the wing may well have been done on the front jack we need to take a look at the video.

    "He got stuck in at the start and he is a real quality act and I have been nothing but impressed with him since he arrived. I think there is a lot to come from him."

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    Uzair: Hamilton was flawless, Alonso did great to manage fourth place, but it was Massa who defied the technical staff and held his position.

    Daniel Garland: Not the most exciting race admittedly, but a perfect job by Mercedes.

    Connor Plane: What a perfect weekend for Mercedes. Dominate through practice, pole position and a one/two finish.

  32. 11:14: 

    We've compiled a gallery of the best pictures from the Malaysian Grand Prix on our Facebook page. Why not check it out and leave a comment when you get a second?

  33. 11:13: 

    We're all done on BBC One, but it's not the end just yet. The F1 Forum will be starting on the Red Button shortly. You can also follow it in the video console at the top of the page.

  34. 11:12: 
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    Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe: "We knew we had the pace to win, then it's just a case of playing out the pace to finish. We knew we had the cars for a one-two but we didn't manage to achieve it in Melbourne. It's what we wanted this weekend, so we are very happy and relieved to have delivered that.

    "This sport is just the same as it always was - Formula 1 gets more complicated every year and that's the real beauty of it. People enjoy that complexity - we enjoy operating in it and I think people enjoy watching it. But the racing is just the same - Lewis was out the front dominating the race. That's just normal stuff. We've made history today - this is our first one-two since 1955."

  35. 11:11: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Alonso 5) Hulkenberg 6) Button 7) Massa 8) Bottas 9) Magnussen 10) Kvyat

    11) Grosjean 12) Raikkonen 13) Kobayashi 14) Ericsson 15) Chilton

    DNF: Ricciardo, Gutierrez, Sutil, Vergne, Bianchi, Maldonado and Perez

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes: An ecstatic @LewisHamilton thumps the #F1 W05 in celebration! What a drive!

  37. 11:08: 

    It's champagne all round in the Mercedes garage and deservedly so. The team now lead the constructors' championship on 68 points, 25 - equal to a race win - clear of McLaren, with Ferrari 13 further back. Red Bull, the reigning world champions, are down in sixth on 15.

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The podium celebration is an important thing, especially for these guys. Hamilton has ended a run of nine races without a podium finish, Nico has extended his championship lead, and Vettel with his third can now see some tangible improvement. So a much-deserved celebration."

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    Becky Bayles: Lovely drive from Lewis. Mercedes looking so strong for the season ahead.

    Peter: Hamilton walked it. I'll take that all year long.

    Jason Ryding: Not the most thrilling of races, but Hamilton was flawless!


    Sebastian Vettel, who finished third: "The start was not very good and I was quite surprised when I saw Nico on my right. I thought I had a good start but Nico was there, it was quite tight, Daniel was coming as well and I lost a place. Fortunately I got it back and later I tried to get as close to Nico as I could, but then it was like he found another gear and pulled away. At the end I was just trying to get the car home. There's still a long way to go - the Mercedes cars are quick!"


    Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "I got a great start today, it was tough but I took it from there. I was trying to chase Lewis but he was just too quick for me today."

    Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

    Race winner Lewis Hamilton: "That was just incredible after such a difficult weekend and a long winter. I just feel so grateful, particularly after the tragedy three weeks and I would like to dedicate the win to the families.

    "Today you are sweating before you even got in the car so you just have try to keep cool and keep your focus. But the team were absolutely spot on with all their instructions today so big thanks to them."

  43. 10:58: 

    The microphones are dished for the podium interviews which will be conducted by none other than Sherlock aka Benedict Cumberbatch. No really. I'm being serious.

  44. 10:56: 

    Mercedes executive director (business) Toto Wolff: "We've come a long way to have a one-two, but we have to keep pushing, as we all saw today. We are going to party here for about half an hour, then we're off to Bahrain. Right now, Lewis is absolutely delighted."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It was a very solid race by Sebastian Vettel; all started with a difficult qualifying but at times he did push Rosberg. Rosberg was clearly not as happy with the balance this weekend and Lewis has certainly looked the most dominant driver. We didn't get the chance to see if he would have been able to push Rosberg in Australia."

  46. 10:55: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda: "You can't do better than that!"

  47. 10:54: 

    Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe: "You know all the things that can go wrong, but we knew he had the pace. A fantastic win, and that's the first one-two for Mercedes in this era. Nice to get that under our belts."

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Lewis was able to dominate his teammate. Both Mercedes drivers are on top of their cars and they could win the championship, but only one man could win that race. It was important for Hamilton to get the points today."

  49. 10:53: 

    It's been so long since we've heard the British national anthem post-race on the podium. Lewis Hamilton raises his hands aloft as he soaks up the atmosphere. Sebastian Vettel gives the Briton a congratulatory pat on the back.

  50. 10:52: 

    Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg are having a chat in their native German while Lewis Hamilton takes a seat with a huge smile on his face.

  51. 10:51: 

    Sebastian Vettel on team radio: "Well executed race, we're not quite there yet, lots of things to improve, but we'll get there."

  52. 10:50: 

    Nico Rosberg congratulates his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton before the pair head up to the pre-podium room. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso has popped over to parc ferme and is having a snoop inside the Red Bull cockpit. He then heads over to the Mercedes to do the same thing.

  53. 10:49: 

    Lewis Hamilton parks up in parc ferme, pats his number 44 on the nose of his car and then heads over to embrace his mechanics. That is one happy boy. It's been a long time since we've seen him celebrate like this.

  54. 10:48: 

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "Awesome race Lewis, faultless weekend, you've done the job there pal." Hamilton replies: "Really grateful, thank you so much."

  55. 10:46: 

    Nico Rosberg crosses the line in second to ensure Mercedes' first 1-2 since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix. It's also Mercedes' 15th grand prix win.

  56. 10:45: 

    Lewis Hamilton raises his arms out of the cockpit in celebration as he crosses the line to take his first victory since last year's Hungarian Grand Prix and first in Malaysia.



    LAP 56

    Lewis Hamilton starts his final lap with a massive 14.7 second lead.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Massa is not at all interested in listening to those team orders, that will be an interesting debrief later on."

    LAP 55

    Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race by some margin, but the real story at the moment is the battle between the two Williams. Felipe Massa is not listening to his team's request to move over and is holding position in seventh.


    Felipe Massa's race engineer: "Felipe's got better tyres we need to let him go - don't hold him up."

    LAP 54

    It's the same old story for poor Felipe Massa. Different team, same type of radio message. The Brazilian must be fuming.


    Williams team: "Felipe, Valtteri [Bottas] is faster than you. Can you let him through."

    Valtteri Bottas' race engineer: "You're faster than him [Massa], overtake him."

    LAP 53

    Fernando Alonso has caught Nico Hulkenberg, who is struggling with his tyres having only stopped twice. Hulkenberg defends bravely into the first two corners, but can't hold Alonso off any longer and the Spaniard gets through for fourth.

    LAP 53

    Daniel Ricciardo calls it a day, pulling into the Red Bull pit box before being pushed back into the garage. It's been a disappointing day for the Australian.

    LAP 52

    Lewis Hamilton pits, switches to the medium tyres and then safely rejoins in the lead.

    LAP 51

    In comes Nico Rosberg. The German parks up perfectly in the Mercedes pit box, the crew do their job and he's soon back on his way. He rejoins in second, comfortably ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

    LAP 50

    Sebastian Vettel pits and has the hard tyres fitted. Mercedes react by instructing Nico Rosberg to pit on the next lap.

    LAP 49

    As Felipe Massa and Jenson Button squabble, Valtteri Bottas has caught the pair of them. We're about to see a battle between Williams team-mates shortly. Bottas earlier said he "had more pace" than Massa over team radio - let's see if he still has...

    LAP 48

    Nico Hulkenberg is having a stormer of a race in the Force India. He's trying to do a two-stop, with the net result seeing him hold fourth place, nine seconds clear of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari. The problem for Hulkenberg, though, is that Alonso is two seconds a lap quicker. Eight laps remain.

    LAP 47

    Lewis Hamilton is still cruising at the front, the Mercedes driver holding a 12.4-second lead over his team-mate Nico Rosberg with Sebastian Vettel eight seconds further back.

    LAP 46
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    Super battle between Felipe Massa and Jenson Button for sixth with the duo side-by-side from Turn One all the way to Turn Three. Button holds Massa off but for how long?

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    James Stevenson: Not often that you see an #F1 car going backwards down the pitlane!

    Christopher Crowther: Ricciardo! How unlucky. I think he must have taken Webber's luck.

    Matt: Someone's gonna get fired...

    LAP 45

    It's a 10-second stop-go penalty for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. When it rains, it pours...

    LAP 44

    Daniel Ricciardo makes it back to the pits and has a front wing fitted. This time, everything goes to plan, but the Australian knows this race is already lost.


    Lotus: That's the wrong way?

    LAP 43

    Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull are being investigated for an unsafe release. Things get worse for the Australian as he's limping round with a broken front wing. Replays suggest it's a failure, rather than damage as a result of contact.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Daniel Ricciardo: "He's lost a full lap there because he was in front of Alonso. I am surprised Daniel drove as far as he did."

    LAP 42

    Red Bull push Daniel Ricciardo back to the pit box, get the car up on the jack and secure the front left tyre. The Australian finally gets on his way, but he's now well down the field.

    LAP 41

    Daniel Ricciardo pits, takes on the medium tyres and gets on his way but wait! There's a problem. He's stops halfway down the pit lane and shakes his head. It looks like the front left tyre wasn't secured correctly.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "You are in the situation now where you are looking at the next stop. If there is rain on the horizon then there's the problem of can you push it and just stop once to change the tyres but if it doesn't come then there could be a problem. The sky looks brighter than it has so far this weekend but that could change very quickly."

    LAP 40

    Jenson Button pits for the hard tyres. That'll be his third and final pit stop. Felipe Massa moves up to seventh, 21.7 seconds adrift of Nico Hulkenberg.

    LAP 39

    Sebastian Vettel is told by his engineer that it's raining in Turns 9 and 10. The German, in third, has dropped off Nico Rosberg and is now two seconds adrift. Lewis Hamilton's lead is now 11.2 seconds.


    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel: "Rosberg seems to be losing oil or water - for the last couple of laps."

    LAP 38

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson says that there are drops of rain falling in the pit lane. Is there a final twist to come with 14 laps to go?

    LAP 37

    What a depressing couple of laps for Sauber. First Adrian Sutil stops out on track, then Esteban Gutierrez comes into the pits before being pushed back into the garage.


    Mercedes: RADIO: @LewisHamilton: "Small drops of rain on my visor in T9" Engineer: "It's on our radar, looks like a very light shower. Keep us posted."

    LAP 36

    Sebastian Vettel is really hustling Nico Rosberg now. The gap is down to 0.5 seconds which means he'll have use of the DRS.

    Elsewhere, the marshals have reached Adrian Sutil's stricken Sauber and beginning pushing it off track and out of harms way.


    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen: "It's raining a little bit at the back of the circuit."

    LAP 35

    Sauber's Adrian Sutil has stopped on the inside of the track at the bottom of the start-finish straight so we've got yellow flags in the area.

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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton pits from lead. He has one more stop to make in this race. Here's a video of his perfect start.


    Toro Rosso: @JeanEricVergne had to stop to preserve the power unit. We will wait for @BAH_Int_Circuit to see him on track again. Go #JEV25!

    LAP 34

    Lewis Hamilton pits from the lead, having built up a 10-second lead. It's silky smooth from the Mercedes crew and he's back out in super quick time. Meanwhile, his team-mate Nico Rosberg is coming under pressure from Sebastian Vettel in the battle for second.

    LAP 33

    Mercedes choose to cover Sebastian Vettel's pit stop by pitting Nico Rosberg immediately. The German takes on the medium tyre. He'll have to stop again, as he hasn't used the hard tyre in this race yet.

    LAP 32

    Sebastian Vettel pits and has some medium tyres fitted to his Red Bull. That means the reigning world champion will be back in again before the end of the race.

    LAP 31

    Daniel Ricciardo sets the fastest lap on the hard tyres. The australian is currently fifth, 11.9 seconds behind Nico Hulkenberg, who has yet to stop.

    LAP 30

    Valtteri Bottas pits from seventh and takes on the medium tyres. That means the Williams driver will have to stop at least one more time as he has not yet used the hard rubber.

    LAP 29

    Daniil Kvyat is having a very strong race. The Russian rookie is currently 10th and on course for his second successive points finish.


    Mercedes: PIT RADIO: "Be advised, the radar is showing rain in the area."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The fuel usage is key information not just for us but also for the teams because it shows the efficiency of the whole engine package and it shows right now that McLaren are the most efficient."

    LAP 28

    Daniel Ricciardo pits from fourth. He was 9.9 seconds behind Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel but 5.4secs clear of Nico Hulkenberg. The Australian takes on hard tyres.

    LAP 27

    Good effort from Kevin Magnussen who sets the fastest lap of the race with a 1:46.110. He's 12th, 1.1 seconds behind the Caterham of Kamui Kobayashi.

    It's not such a good day for McLaren, who lead the constructors' after one race having finished second and third in Melbourne. Jenson Button is currently ninth.

    Malaysian GP

    Hamilton leads Rosberg by 10.1 seconds. Rosberg overtook Vettel for second at the start. Raikkonen suffered a puncture after being clipped by Magnussen, who received a five-second stop-go penalty. Bianchi out after contact on first lap. Maldonado, Perez, Vergne all out with technical problems. 1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Ricciardo 5) Alonso 6) Hulkenberg 7) Button 8) Massa 9) Bottas 10) Kvyat


    Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado, who was forced to retire, speaking to Lee McKenzie: "It was not damage from the crash it was something with the engine, it was losing a lot of power. We decided to retire to save the engine because have already lost one engine this season."

    LAP 26

    Good little battle between Esteban Gutierrez and Marcus Ericsson for 16th. Gutierrez comes out on top and a few corners later he's past Max Chilton for 15th.

    LAP 25

    Kevin Magnussen pits and serves his five-second stop-go penalty for hitting Kimi Raikkonen, which caused the Finn's puncture. The Dane rejoins 13th.


    Force India's Sergio Perez, who didn't start the race, speaking to Lee McKenzie: "There was a problem with the software, but we don't know exactly what it is. It is similar to the one we had in qualifying.

    "It has been a very frustrating weekend, especially seeing how well Nico is doing and knowing I had the pace to do well."

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    Terry Hayward: I thought this year was going to be nose to tail racing? Mercedes the new Red Bull?

    Derek: Getting used to these new engines. Nice to actually hear the driver's radio for a change.

    Craig Favager: You know your in control of the race when your engineers say "Turn the engine down" Mercedes pace is unreal!

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "This time fuel sensor wasn't faulty, as it was in Australia, this time it has failed outright - Red Bull have been given another of working, and they are working with the FIA."

    LAP 24

    McLaren's Jenson Button has been in a lonely seventh place for much of the race, but his position is coming under threat from Felipe Massa who is catching. The Williams driver is just two seconds off the pace.

    LAP 23

    Marussia say a puncture for Jules Bianchi after the start following a collision with Jean-Eric Vergne was behind a series of event which led to the Frenchman's retirement from the race.

    LAP 22

    Mercedes are cruising now. We heard earlier that engines on both cars have been turned down. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are still lapping around half a scond quicker than Sebastian Vettel in third.

    LAP 21

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas passes Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat to take 11th. His team-mate Felipe Massa is the next man up the road. It's a good drive from the Finn, so far having started 18th.


    Lewis Hamilton: "Is there anything else I can do to look after this engine?" His engineer replies: "No, mate, you're doing a very good job."

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "There is a fuel flow metre problem for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. This is a problem that could cause even more problems politically for Red Bull."

    Ricciardo was disqualified from the Australian GP following fuel flow issues.


    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "Look after this engine, we're just going to turn it down a bit. We're doing that for both cars."

    LAP 20

    Jean-Eric Vergne, who earlier reported a lack of power, pulls into the Toro Rosso garage and switches the engine off. His day is over.

    LAP 19

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen pits from 18th and takes on a set of the hard tyre. Points this afternoon will be very difficult for the Finn.


    Lotus: An awesome, albeit unwanted, addition to our TV lounge. @Pastormaldo E22 out as cautious step to stop engine damage.

    We will fully investigate after the race. Not many engines to work with in 2014, so you don't want to lose one so early on.

    LAP 18

    Lewis Hamilton is cruising at the front. He is running faster than anyone else, including his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The gap is up to 9.0 seconds.

    LAP 17

    Sebastian Vettel is on the move. The Red Bull reigning world champion is clawing in second-placed Nico Rosberg at the rate of three tenths a lap. The gap is down to just 1.9 seconds.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "You can definitely see the difference of the tyres from last season, there is a lot less marbling, there is also a reduced downforce package and also a bit less grip so that means the laps are slightly slower."

    LAP 16

    Nico Hulkenberg can do nothing about a chasing Lewis Hamilton, on fresher tyres, who simple breezes past the Force India to retake the lead.

    Caterham team

    Caterham: Ready..

    LAP 16

    Lewis Hamilton pits from the lead. It's another stellar stop from Mercedes and he's soon on his way with a fresh set of medium tyres. He rejoins in second behind the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, who has yet to stop.

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    Justin Whitby: Maldonado deemed to be on the receiving end of an incident. That makes a change. Shame he's had to retire now though.

    Ryan Shilston: Too much investigation into every incident. Many are just racing incidents. Magnussen/Raikkonen incident a case in point.

    LAP 15

    Great stop by the Mercedes team as Nico Rosberg swaps the medium tyres for a fresh set of the same rubber. The German rejoins in third.

    LAP 14

    Sebastian Vettel pits and rejoins just ahead of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo but behind the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. Vettel gets stuck for a couple of corners before passing the Finn, though, who is struggling with worn tyres. That allows Ricciardo to close the gap.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Daniel Ricciardo has shown himself to be a very good driver so far."


    Marussia: Jules pulls into the garage to retire. We don't yet know what the issue is. But there is one. Very disappointed for @Jules_Bianchi.

    LAP 13

    Daniel Ricciardo pits and rejoins side by side with Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard gets his nose in front at Turn One, but Ricciardo keeps his foot in down the inside and hangs on around the outside of Turn Two. That gives him the advantage into Turn Three and he makes it stick. Very impressive driving from the young Australian.

    LAP 12

    So Lewis Hamilton leads from Nico Rosberg with Sebastian Vettel four seconds further back in the Red Bull. Daniel Ricciardo is hanging on to his more decorated team-mate, just 1.8 seconds adrift. Fernando Alonso is fifth, with Nico Hulkenberg seventh. Alonso then pits at the end of the lap. This is three-stop territory.

    LAP 11

    McLaren's Kevin Magnussen has been handed a five-second stop-go penalty for hitting Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari.

    LAP 10

    It's an early stop for Kevin Magnussen who pits from eighth in the McLaren. The Dane takes on a set of new tyres as well as a new nose, which was damage when he hit Kimi Raikkonen.


    Lewis Hamilton is ticking along nicely at the front with the Mercedes driver extending his lead to 5.4 seconds over team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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    Eden: Amazing opening lap, these cars might sound like my old Nova from 20 years ago but the racing is so much better

    Jamie Fewery: Bet Vettel is seething. Will he demand team orders today? Good start to the race. Noise be damned.

    On The Cars: Love that Ricciardo made a move on Vettel. Hopefully no team orders nonsense from Red Bull this season.

    Martin: The sound of these new F1 engines is as irritating as a lone mosquito in the bedroom on a hot summer's night.


    Things are getting tasty on the Williams team radio channel. "Did you see what he did? He touched me," says Felipe Massa in relation to his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Williams tell Bottas to hold station until Massa passes Kevin Magnussen in front but the Finn replies: "Then tell him to go through. I have more pace."


    Jules Bianchi has been given a five-second stop-go penalty for making contact with Pastor Maldonado on the opening lap. It's bad news for Maldonado as his Lotus team tell him to box and retire the car.


    Daniil Kvyat passes Esteban Gutierrez for 11th while up front, race leader Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race with a 1:47.428.


    Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg by 3.9 seconds, with Sebastian Vettel a further 1.3 seconds further back.


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton engineer: "Nico struggling with rear tyres so make sure you look after them."


    Kimi Raikkonen makes it to the pits. It's a good stop by the Ferrari team, but it's now going to be a long afternoon for the Finn. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, puts a move on Daniel Ricciardo with the use of DRS into Turn One to reclaim third place.


    Williams' Felipe Massa passes on Kevin Magnussen at the final hairpin to move up to eighth. But Magnussen gets straight back past into Turn One. Good little battle here between Mercedes-powered cars.

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    Darren M: Great move by Ricardo on Vettel, sort of thing we like to see.

    Kieran Sheppard: What a start by Riccardio! Determined to make up for his DSQ and prove his worth.

    Bad Wolf: Would love to hear Ricciardo say "Seb is too slow....get him out of the way"

    Malaysian GP

    Kevin Magnussen gives Kimi Raikkonen a tap into Turn Two as they battle for seventh. The contact is enough to puncture Raikkonen's rear tyre. Meanwhile, Jules Bianchi recovers to the pit lane after that contact with Pastor Maldonado.


    Down the field, Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi make contact while up front Lewis Hamilton pulls away at the front .

  147. 09:03: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Lewis Hamilton makes a beautiful start to lead away from pole position with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg nipping down the inside of Sebastian Vettel into Turn One to take second. Daniel Ricciardo then drives around the outside of his Red Bull team-mate Vettel to take third.

  148. 09:01: 

    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports that Sergio Perez is out of the car. The Mexican won't be taking any part in today's race as Force India are having an issues with the "limp home" mode which affected the McLarens yesterday.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "We're expecting an overtaking bonanza today. Two, possibly three stops this afternoon."

  150. 09:00: 

    Lewis Hamilton leads the field away, minus Sergio Perez who didn't make it to the grid on time. Unlike Australia, everyone gets away cleanly for the formation lap of the 5.543km track. Fifty-six laps coming up...

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think we're going to see some entertainment today. The course lends itself to overtaking, plus it looks like we might have some rain at some point today just to throw something else into the mix!"

  152. 08:59: 

    The drivers are in their cars, helmets on, visors down. One minute until the formation lap, folks.

  153. 08:58: 

    McLaren chief operating officer Jonathan Neale, speaking to Suzi Perry: "I think we have made good progress over the winter and we are strengthening the team throughout. We have done a lot of work but there is still a lot to do, we are a long way off the front of the grid at the moment but we expect to catch up.

    "We are expecting an exciting race, we have got over our gremlins from yesterday and I am confident we can have a good race today."


    Mercedes: PIT RADIO: "Dry start expected, but there's still a chance of rain. This could get rather interesting rather quickly we feel...

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "If it's dry, the likely strategy is a three-stop, because of the extra abrasiveness of the track now it has been washed 'green' by more rain. The favoured race tyre is probably the medium as it is so much quicker than the hard, which degrades less but still quite significantly."

  156. 08:56: 

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff: "The weather here is always unpredictable. Storms can always build up, so that is the most unpredictable variable. We're probably going to go with the softer, medium tyres. You always have to be careful with predictions, but winning the race is the result we want to achieve."

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The problem for the drivers today is the humidity. The temperate is 32C but it feels like 42C, and you're wearing a helmet, balaclava and overalls. It's such a fast race today, and it will be very difficult."

    You can listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  158. 08:54: 

    Sergio Perez is still in the Force India garage as the team work on the car with just six minutes to go until the formation lap. It looks like the Mexican has got a hydraulics problem.

  159. 08:52: 

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, speaking to David Coulthard: "We don't trust the weather forecast at all because it has been wrong all weekend. It is very hot right now but it can change so quickly here so we have to ready to respond quickly if it does change.

    "It's going to be interesting - we have a deficit on the straight but we are quick in the corners so hopefully we can put the others cars under pressure."

  160. 08:50: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Rosberg 4) Alonso 5) Ricciardo 6) Raikkonen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Magnussen 9) Vergne 10) Button

    11) Kvyat 12) Gutierrez 13) Massa 14) Perez 15) Grosjean 16) Maldonado

    17) Sutil 18) Bottas* 19) Bianchi 20) Kobayashi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

    *Bottas handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying

  161. 08:48: 

    Kimi Raikkonen, won the world title in 2007, says he thinks Ferrari will be his last team in Formula 1. More on that story and more can be found in today's F1 gossip column.

  162. 08:48: 

    Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, who starts seventh, speaking to BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie: I think we have a decent and solid car but we have room for improvement. There are some cars which are faster but we have a strong foundation and something to build on over the next few weeks.

    "I think we will be competitive in either wet and dry conditions but rain always makes it a bit spicy. It's a hell of a heat here and it's going to be hard for both machines and men so first we have to survive the race and then see what happens."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "The drivers were not at all comfortable on Saturday with the new wet-weather tyres that Pirelli has produced for this season. The full wets have been changed to disperse more water after criticisms over the last three years, but drivers found them nerve-wracking to use out on track. Sauber's Adrian Sutil said the tyres were 'the worst I have driven' in F1. Jenson Button added: 'They seem a lot twitchier. They give you false confidence in places and then they take away that grip that they gave you. Some of it is probably the power of the engine, some of it is because we are running less downforce, but I don't think I have seen cars snapping like today. It wasn't a fluid feel with the tyres.'"

  164. 08:45: 

    Those on the grid, in the grandstands and across the circuit are holding a minute silence to pay tribute to the passengers on missing flight MH370.

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    MimiBibi: 1st live race of the season, so excited, and it's mother's day which means I can demand peace and quite and I'm listened to.

    Phill Vieira: I now think that its going to be an interesting race considering it's dry. Still think it will be Merc one two.

    Nile Baker: I can't wait till the race, going to be interesting and exciting.

  166. 08:41: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton on Facebook: If only...

    With heavier engines this season, drivers have been under huge pressure to lose weight because they don't want their weight to cost them lap time. So Lewis and co can look but not touch when it comes to treats like cookies.

  167. 08:37: 

    Problems for Force India as Sergio Perez stalls down at the end of the pit lane. A bunch of mechanics jog down - which can't be pleasant in these conditions - to rescue their charge and push him back to the garage.

  168. 08:36: 

    The pit lane has opened its doors which means drivers can jump in their cars and drive around to the start to take their place on the grid. The BBC Radio 5 live F1 team are also up and running. You can listen to them via the link at the top right of the page.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Only two races into his Formula 1 career, Kevin Magnussen continues to justify his promotion to a McLaren race seat. In second qualifying, it took Jenson Button four laps to beat the time set on his first lap - and by then the Dane was in the pits. In final qualifying, Magnussen went out on intermediate tyres and decided they were the wrong choice, and immediately came in for full wets - while Button did the opposite. And the Englishman, normally so good at such choices, happily admitted he'd got it wrong - and ended up 1.8secs adrift, albeit saying he felt the gambled had been worth it. Button said the McLaren lacked downforce and its weakness in high-speed corners was hurting it at Sepang. He insisted, though, that he felt the upgrades brought to Malaysia - which Ron Dennis had claimed would be worth 0.5secs a lap - had made an improvement, and it would be seen elsewhere."


    Marussia F1 team: We found this huge tubful of ice cubes & we intend to use it!

  171. 08:34: 

    Another superb TV feature saw ex-F1 driver Mark Webber show how he used to prepare for racing in extreme heat and humidity to prevent him "getting cooked in the car".

    The Australian visited Dr Simon Sostaric's clinic in Melbourne, Australia to undertake heat acclimatisation training, where a special pill monitors his core temperature.

    The Australian believes that, for a long time, more attention was paid to the condition of the car than that of the drivers, and but that F1 teams are starting to "respect the heat".

    You can watch the whole thing here (UK only).

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Nico Rosberg has been around for a few years now, but he's really found his place in this Mercedes team. And he's the ideal poster boy for them. We've just seen him in the paddock hanging out - most drivers would be in a cool room at this stage, taking on board fluids. It's as though he's telling the rest of the grid, 'Look at me, I'm prepared'."

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    Christina Eades: I would have listened in science if #ProfessorNico was around ;)

    Isabel: Why didn't @nico_rosberg teach me silence at school? I would have understood a lot more!

    Sarah Jayne: Wow I love Professor @nico_rosberg ....I actually understand it now.

  174. 08:30: 

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg explained the physics of Formula 1's new turbo engines to BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie in a feature earlier in the build-up show. Why not watch a short clip here or check out the whole piece when it's available on iPlayer later today.


    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Nearest (isolated) showers are 30-35km east of the circuit, over high ground. Much better situation than yesterday!

  176. 08:26: 

    While the rain hit - in a big way - during qualifying yesterday, Sepang is bathed in glorious sunshine today, with temperatures hovering round 31C. Sweaty.

  177. 08:24: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has taken victory in Malaysia in three of the last four years (2010, 2011 and 2013). The reigning world champion arrives at Sepang on the back of a retirement in Australia but with an impressive win rate of 39%. If he makes it onto the podium, it will be the 63rd time of his career, surpassing David Coulthard for seventh on the all-time list.

  178. 08:20: 

    The 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix was one of only five races in the history of Formula 1 where half-points were awarded after the race was red-flagged because of a torrential rainstorm on lap 31. A lack of light prevented a restart. Jenson Button took victory, with Nick Heidfeld second and Timo Glock third.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This track has something for everyone. There are wide straights with good overtaking areas, and two key areas that are very fast and very challenging for the drivers - at 150mph that's when Formula 1 comes alive and that's what the drivers really love."

  180. 08:17: 

    Don't forget that you can get all the latest Formula 1 news and behind the scenes insight on our new dedicated F1 Twitter account which you can follow here.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "There were a number of stand-out performances in qualifying - particularly from Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen, who were all a long way ahead of their respective team-mates. But was any better than Alonso's? His steering out of whack following a collision with Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso, so that it was excessively light on right-handers and excessively heavy on left-handers, he was pipped for third only at the very last second by Nico Rosberg and was more than a second quicker than Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari. Alonso is famous for his ability to produce miraculous performances in damaged or sub-standard cars, and this was probably up with the best. 'I'm super-happy,' he said, understandably. 'Probably the biggest smile of my career for a fourth position.'"

  182. 08:14: 
    Jenson Button

    Today's race will be 56 laps long and is the longest of the season in terms of distance at 310.408km. Sepang is 85km from the centre of the country's capital city Kuala Lumpur, but just 10 minutes from the city's airport. At 1,300m, the main grandstand, which extends along the length of the two main straights, is the longest in the world.

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    Karen, in Faversham, via text: I think it will either be Nico or Vettel to win. Although I would love it to be Lewis I just don't think its his turn yet. Also lets not forget Fernando is there as well. We all know he will push as hard as he can.


    Williams: Ready for the drivers parade here in a hot &sweaty #Sepang!

  185. 08:11: 

    When asked how he expects Mercedes to perform in the race, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff added: "It depends how the weather develops. If it was like yesterday, it's more of a lottery and you have to be careful of the decisions you make. You have to be on right tyre at the right time and keep the car on track. If it's dry, we have a little bit of an advantage, which we would like to materialise in the race."

  186. 08:07: 

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is "very confident" with Lewis Hamilton's engine is in good shape following the failure in Australia. "We identified the problem," he told the BBC's Inside F1 programme. "It was a tiny little cable which had a hole. It is a shame it made us break down but this is how modern technology functions. We know engine isn't damaged."

  187. 08:03: 

    Lewis Hamilton said he was "proud" to equal Jim Clark's record for most pole positions by a British driver with his 33rd in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying.

    "Very, very proud to be representing the UK and to be among the names like Nigel Mansell, James Hunt and Jim Clark," said the 2008 world champion. "It's a real honour.

    "When they mentioned it, I couldn't believe it. I'd never have dreamed I would have the amount of poles I have."

    Jim Clark

    Clark is widely regarded as one of the best Formula 1 drivers of all time. The Scot tragically lost his life following a crash at Hockenheim in 1968. He won two F1 world championships.

  188. 08:00: 
    Eddie Jordan

    We're up and running on BBC One as Eddie Jordan opens the show with this superb monologue...

    "Oh the sound and fury. All those changes - power trains and turbos and tyres and downforce and fuel loads. What else might change now they were racing?

    "Like, where was the champion?

    "Who was out, who was back in?

    "And where was the noise? What sound and fury? Hear yourself think? Unheard of. Like, who's that on the podium?

    "For noise, 130,000 at Sepang should do the trick. Malaysia, where the rain can pour and roar and the clashes can be loud and in this noise, sometimes you can't think straight….

    "Malaysia, here again - round two in the great year of change, not so quiet after all. Here's to sound and fury, all right. Welcome to Formula 1!"

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Lewis Hamilton has done his best to dodge this weekend the question that is everyone's lips. Already 25 points down on team-mate Nico Rosberg following the German's win in Australia and his own retirement, it is clearly crucial Hamilton beats Rosberg in Malaysia so as to prevent him getting further ahead - and risking the early onset of team orders if Red Bull can close the gap. Was he worried, Hamilton was asked earlier in the weekend. 'It depends on how you look at it. I quite like to chase, so if anything it's done me a favour,' he replied, not entirely convincingly. Hamilton has talked a lot about the important of the team - "Nico and me" - scoring as many points as possible. But inside you can bet he is desperate to win this one."

    Kevin Magnussen

    McLaren: Big turn out of fans from Denmark for @KevinMagnussen at the fan signing this afternoon.

  191. 07:54: 

    So who do you think will win the second grand prix of the season? The Mercedes are clearly the quickest in the dry but it's much closer in the wet. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel thinks he can win if it rains while the Ferraris look like they'll be in the mix. I have a feeling Nico Rosberg is going to come through from third to make it two from two in 2014.

    Fire over your thoughts to @bbcf1 using the #bbcf1 hashtag, text 81111 (UK only) or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page. Also head to our Instagram account to check out some behind the scenes photos during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

  192. 07:50: 

    So here's the plan for today. The build-up show on BBC One will start at 08:00, with BBC Radio 5 live hitting the airwaves at 08:30. The lights then go out at 09:00.

    Nico Rosberg and Lee McKenzie

    During the preview show, you'll be able to see a cool feature with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg who explains the physics of Formula 1's new turbo engines to Lee McKenzie using a frying pan and a hairdryer. Click here for a teaser.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Sebastian Vettel

    "Two races down. Each one of them with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes on pole and a Red Bull alongside him following a wet qualifying session. This time, though, it's Sebastian Vettel rather than Daniel Ricciardo in second and the world champion is up for a fight. 'We're here to win,' said Vettel, who like Hamilton retired from the first race of the season. 'We know that in the rain everything is possible. It's more likely for us to make a mistake, maybe the performance of the car is not that important compared to the dry, to raw dry conditions. We will see what happens. There is no rain or not so much rain forecast but there's always a chance around here. It should be a good race. I'm keen to find out where we are, where I stand."

  194. 07:46: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Rosberg 4) Alonso 5) Ricciardo 6) Raikkonen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Magnussen 9) Vergne 10) Button

    11) Kvyat 12) Gutierrez 13) Massa 14) Perez 15) Grosjean 16) Maldonado

    17) Sutil 18) Bottas* 19) Bianchi 20) Kobayashi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

    *Bottas handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying

  195. 07:43: 

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo believed Valtteri Bottas had held him up during Q2, but the Williams driver didn't think he had done anything wrong. "I think there was nothing special," said the Finn. "We were both pushing. For me, there was no incident." The stewards saw it differently and handed Bottas a three-place grid penalty. As a result, he will start 18th.


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: Really happy with the result (in qualifying)! Conditions were incredibly difficult but the team have done a great job once again.

  197. 07:39: 
    Marcus Ericsson

    The drivers were left sitting around for nearly 50 minutes as torrential rain delayed the start of qualifying. But the rain finally eased to allow the cars to hit the track and is was Lewis Hamilton who coped best with the tricky conditions. The same cannot be said for Marcus Ericsson, who crashed his Caterham on what was his first time behind the wheel of an F1 car in wet conditions.

  198. 07:36: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton starts on pole position for the second successive race after the 2008 world champion excelled in wet conditions in qualifying on Saturday. Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel will start a brilliant second, having missed out on pole by just 0.055 seconds with Nico Rosberg - who won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix to take the lead of the championship for the first time of his career - third in the Mercedes.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Wet or dry? That's the big question ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, as it always has been since the start of the race was shifted to benefit European television audiences to 1600 local time - or rainstorm hour, as some call it. On Saturday the rain came down half an hour or so early - and in such quantities that it forced a delay to the start of qualifying. But more rests on the weather than simply whether the race can be started on time. If it's dry, most expect the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to run away into their own private battle. But if it's wet, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and perhaps Ferrari's Fernando Alonso might give them a run for their money. Either way, as we shall see, it's a fascinating prospect."

  200. 07:33: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Morning everybody and welcome to live coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix, round two of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at the Sepang International Circuit.

  201. 07:30: 

    "Multi 21, Seb. Yeah, multi 21."

    Who can forget Mark Webber uttering those words in utter disgust after then Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to pass the Australian and take victory in last year's Malaysian Grand Prix?

    Further back, there was more inter-team rivalry as Nico Rosberg voiced his frustration at not being allowed to race Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for third place in the closing stages.

    It is that pairing which is likely to be under the greater pressure today as it's Mercedes who have the fastest car on the grid and two drivers who are very close on pace.

    Throw in some unpredictable weather and a race track that can producing exciting racing and we have one hell of a grand prix on our hands.

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FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2015

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 43
2 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 40
3 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 33
4 Brazil F Massa Williams 20
5 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 12
6 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 10
7 Finland V Bottas Williams 10
8 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 9
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 6
10 M Verstappen Toro Rosso 6
11 C Sainz Toro Rosso 6
12 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 4
13 Russia D Kvyat Red Bull 2
14 Mexico S Perez Force India 1
15 France R Grosjean Lotus 0
16 Great Britain J Button McLaren 0
17 R Merhi Manor Marussia F1 0
18 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Spain F Alonso McLaren 0
21 W Stevens Manor Marussia F1 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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BBC Sport charts the evolution of F1 from its beginnings as a European series in 1950 to a global event in 2013.