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Gary Rose

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  1. The heat is on

    Formula 1

    What a day for Formula 1 and for Sebastian Vettel.

    The German, who looked up to and grew up with posters of Michael Schumacher on his bedroom wall, has now secured his first win at the team his idol was so dominant at.

    An emotional win for Vettel, but an exciting one for the rest of us in terms of the championship battle, which continues in China on 12 April.

    "We welcome the fight," says Lewis Hamilton. "It is great to have a battle with the Ferraris."

    The heat is on.

    Sebastian Vettel celebrates with the Ferrari team and fans
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    Also, very honest interview from Nico Rosberg, who kept asking his team to describe the picture of the race over the radio.

    "I struggle to understand what's going on," admits the German. But David Coulthard isn't that impressed.

    "Fair play to Nico for being so open and honest - but it's a bit confusing," says the BBC pundit. "Because there isn't that much to work out. You only have two compounds of tyres and you know where stand with your team-mate. So it's either he's suddenly found turn of pace or is on softer tyres if he starts pulling away from you.

    "We have all built Nico up as a thinker, the engineer behind the wheel, while pegging Lewis as the raw racer. But that interview exposes Nico to be vulnerable and confused."

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    A few more words from Lewis Hamilton before we head off: "We didn't expect so many cars to stay out (at the start) there were so many cars to get through and trying to catch Sebastian (was tough) he had great pace. It was too big a gap to close up.

    On his angry radio message: "He (Paddy Lowe) was asking am I going to another stop, that was my last stop so it confused me, that was not helpful. The prime tyre did not feel good, it was better on the option.

    "We were not expecting them to be as quick as they were. We were hoping to push for a one-two. Vettel is up there with us, I really don't know how it will evolve in the next race."

  4. 'He is better than me'

    Formula 1

    Former Benetton driver Jos Verstappen after watching 17-year-old son Max become the youngest points scorer in F1 history: "I'm very pleased for what he has done today. I'm happy that he finished the race and the way he raced, he deserved it. I'm very proud.

    Is dad or son the better racing driver? "He certainly is. Max is more complete. He is better prepared than me and Red Bull are doing an incredible job, physically, mentally and the way he feels at home on the track. He has to be better than me!"

  5. Drivers' standings

    Top 10

    Formula 1
  6. Most wins in Formula 1

    Michael Schumacher

    91 - Michael Schumacher

    51 - Alain Prost

    41 - Ayrton Senna

    40 - Sebastian Vettel

    34 - Lewis Hamilton

  7. Classic Seb

    Christian Horner

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on his former driver Sebastian Vettel's first win for Ferrari: "On a personal note it is fantastic for him - it was classic Sebastian Vettel today. He made the tyres work, on a different strategy, Ferrari had tremendous durability. And then once Sebastian is in the lead we've seen so many times what he is capable of. He's got his feel back and his confidence is high. Hopefully we can give him a harder time soon."

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    McLaren's British driver Jenson Button, who failed to finish the race: "I think you can see we're improving - we're actually racing now and closing on the pack in front. You can see where our strengths and weaknesses are. It was a useful day, just a pity we both finished early."

  9. Vote result

    Formula 1

    Earlier we asked if you felt Ferrari could challenge for titles this season.

    The vote is closed and the majority of you think they can, with 56% feeling they can give Mercedes a real run for their money.

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    Fernando Alonso

    Fernando Alonso retired on lap 18 in his first race back at McLaren. Having moved from Ferrari at the end of last year, I wonder what he is thinking right now?

  11. Busy times for Arrivabene

    Imagine having Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene's sporting CV. Not only does he run one of the greatest names in F1, he is also a board member at Italian football champions Juventus.

    "I'm doing three things next week," he tells Malaysian GP Forum on BBC Red Button. "I'm going to Maranello, doing a new tattoo and watching Juventus. I can't tell you where I'm having the tattoo!"

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    Alan Wood: Well done Vettel and Ferrari. Love Ferrari, glad to see them win again. Didn't like Vettel before but love seeing him in a Ferrari and well done Kimi to finish 4th after what happened. Keep it up for the rest of the season.

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    Gerhard Berger wins German Grand Prix 1994

    The win brought an end to Ferrari's longest winless streak (34) since Alain Prost's Spanish GP victory in 1990 to Gerhard Berger's 1994 win at the German Grand Prix.

    Gerhard Berger driving
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    Jamie Macdonald: Should Kimi have more fortune in future races could we see a four way shoot out for the championship between Ferrari and Mercedes?

    Gary Cox: Will we see Vettel challenge for the championship with Mercedes and could we see Raikkonen at the top spot.

    Darren: Is it just me or did Ferrari's win have a a lot to do do with Mercedes making the total wrong tyre choice on there first pit stop?

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    Formula 1

    Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen: "It was a good day. The first few laps were a bit difficult for me, I struggled a bit with the brakes and the tyres. But when we went on to hard tyres, it worked much better, I found good balance and good rhythm. From there, the car felt great."

  16. History maker

    Aside from a brilliant result for Ferrari there was an excellent display by Max Verstappen.

    The 17-year-old, who Eddie Jordan believes has the potential to be as good as Michael Schumacher, became the youngest-ever points scorer in Formula 1 by finishing a hugely impressive seventh.

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    Formula 1

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, who won two drivers' championships for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977: "What did I always say about Ferrari? Just wait. I was surprised by the pace of the Ferrari at the end but Vettel did an incredible job. They were unbeatable. They had the right pit stop strategy and Vettel's speed was outstanding."

    On Mercedes' performance: "We have to analyse whole thing. I don't think we could have won race even with the Ferrari strategy. The Ferrari car was quicker and better. We have to take our hat off to them."

    Are Ferrari genuine title contenders? "It looks like it now - but let's wait for Shanghai."

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    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff: "We've got a massive battle out there. It is a wake up call for us."

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    Sebastian Vettel

    As Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in the season opener in Australia there were plenty of people, unsurprisingly, expecting another Mercedes-dominant season.

    This result has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. It is the first time that a non-Mercedes car has topped any session in any race weekend since Singapore in September last year.

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    Rich: The result is what F1 needs right now. Mercedes did not seem to have a post Safety car strategy and as a team seemed to panic through the rest of race.

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    Press Association's F1 journalist Ian Parkes: "Sensational result for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. Moreover, a real shot in the arm for F1 following more negativity this year."

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    Harkirth Gill: Fair play to Vettel put in a great drive today. Should have a good fight for the championship.

    Gracie Samuels: Congrats to Vettel, however, lets not carried away, commentators and Ferrari behaving as if they have won the championship, calm down

  23. VOTE

    Time to vote people. Can Ferrari challenge for the constructors' and drivers' titles this season?

    Have your say by clicking yes or no on the right side of this page (desktop) or by clicking on the 'vote' tab on mobile or tablet. Terms and conditions.

  24. 'Utterly fantastic'

    Ferrari technical director James Allison on BBC One: "After the difficulties of last year, the amount of effort that has gone in to try turn it around is extraordinary.

    Sebastian Vettel dancing

    "This sport is mainly misery, then now and again you get an incredible rush which makes all the misery well worth it. It makes you feel utterly fantastic."


    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel's win was the 75th for a German driver with Ferrari, 72 of those were Michael Schumacher's wins.

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    Rian Hoskins: Even if you aren't a fan of Vettel, you have to admit it was a great drive. Looks like he, Ferrari and Raikkonen back to form.

    Ian Howard: The body language on the podium is fascinating. Lewis is so comfortable, seated. Seb elated and Nico moody/frustrated while standing.

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    Sebastian Vettel holds aloft a trophy

    Victory for Sebastian Vettel makes him the most successful driver in Malaysian GP history with four wins, surpassing Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.

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    How's Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene feeling after ending the team's drought in just the second race of 2015? Jumping for joy? Punching the air with delight?

    Nope he is looking cool and calm as he strolls through the paddock, telling Tom Clarkson: "I can be surprised but I was hoping to have a good result.

    "I am normally not very emotional at all but I am very happy. Vettel was fantastic."

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    Chamath De Silva: Emotional yet impressive win for Vettel. Good to see Ferrari winning again.

    David Chambers: Vettel came across as likable during that podium interview. Strange what a pair of red overalls can do.

  30. 'A dream come true'

    More from race winner Sebastian Vettel: "Last year was not a good year for me, it was a great car but I struggled to extract performance from it. This car suits me very well.

    "It was a big change last year but the team welcomed me from the very first day. When the gate opened at Maranello it was like a dream come true. The last time I was there I watched Michael Schumacher over the fence and now I'm driving that red car."

  31. 'Game on Ferrari'

    Nico Rosberg, who finished third: "All I can say on behalf of my team is 'game on Ferrari'. Not sure about exact details of our strategy - it was complex out there. I'm sure we did a good job. But congratulations to Sebastian."

  32. 'Ferrari have made a big step'

    Lewis Hamilton, who finished second: "Huge congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian - I gave it everything I could but their pace was excellent. We knew that Ferrari had made a step but didn't know how big - they were too quick today."


    Sebastian Vettel in an emotional state

    Sebastian Vettel's win ends a 34-race drought for Ferrari, which extends back to the Spanish GP in May 2013.

    Vettel celebrates
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    Winners podium

    Race winner Sebastian Vettel: "It has been a while since I've been on top step and obviously the first time with Ferrari. I'm speechless. I'm happy and proud of today. We beat them fair and square and it is a special day - that is why I am emotional."

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    Of course it can, it's our very Eddie Jordan!

    Let's hear what the drivers have to say.

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    Sebastian Vettel sprays champagne over Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as he celebrates his 40th race win like it is his first.

    Who will be up to conduct the podium interviews? Can it top Arnold Schwarzenegger...

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    Vettel celebrates

    Sebastian Vettel can't keep his face straight as he stands on the podium giggling away while the national anthems are played. For a man who was for so long used to winning, having that feeling back again is clearly overwhelming.

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    Plenty of respect shown between winner Sebastian Vettel and championship leader Lewis Hamilton as they prepare to walk out on to the podium. "So good, so quick!" says Hamilton to his rival.

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    Vettel celebrates Malaysian GP win

    Sebastian Vettel leaps on to his car and laps up the applause. A first win for him since Brazil in 2013, and he is loving it.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Vettel is celebrating like he has won the World Championship!"

  41. Malaysian Grand Prix result

    Formula 1

    11) Grosjean 12) Nasr 13) Perez 14) Hulkenberg 15) Merhi

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Thoroughly well deserved by Vettel and Ferrari. An incredible performance. They have trounced the opposition with this performance."

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    Pure unbridled joy over the Ferrari team radio. "Yes, yes, yes, yes. Great drive, great drive. Ferrari is back, fantastico!" an Italian voice tells Sebastian Vettel.

    Winners podium
  44. Malaysian Grand Prix result

    Formula 1

    1) Vettel 2) Hamilton 3) Rosberg 4) Raikkonen 5) Bottas 6) Massa 7) Verstappen 8) Sainz 9) Kvyat 10) Ricciardo

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    "Woooooohoooo!" screams Sebastian Vettel. "Grazie! Grazie! Grazie!"

    I think he's happy...

  46. Champagne moment

    Sebastian Vettel punches the air with delight, what a race from the former world champion! A first win for Ferrari since 2013.

  47. Chequered flag


  48. LAST LAP

    Sebastian Vettel is coasting to victory here, 10.2 seconds separate him and Lewis Hamilton heading into the last lap and what a statement this will be from Ferrari.

  49. LAP 55

    A closely fought battle between the Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. Bottas tries to get the better of Massa but can't and has to back off, but then has another attempt...and succeeds and he is into fifth.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Unless unreliability plays its part, I think we have the podium fixed."

  51. LAP 53

    Nico Rosberg has third consolidated with Kimi Raikkonen 38 seconds behind. Two Mercedes on the podium it would seem but there will still be disappointment in their garage. They'll have wanted, and expected, the win.

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    Richard, Bedford: Funny how the Lewis-haters come out to play when he doesn't win. He has driven another great race against poor team tyre choice. Ferrari quick but not there yet. Great race though....

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton needs to do something Houdini like to close this gap - unless Vettel has an issue."

  54. LAP 52

    Pastor Maldonado is out of the race. After retiring in the first race in Australia he has now failed to complete the opening two races of any season he has competed in.

    At the business end of the field, Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 10.6 seconds...

  55. LAP 51

    Meanwhile, Manor are on course to get their sole car in this race to the end, Roberto Merhi is currently in 15th with five laps to go.

  56. LAP 50

    Lewis Hamilton shaves 0.6 seconds off Sebastian Vettel's advantage but that will not be enough to catch him before the finish. The Ferrari leads by 10.2s.

    This is like watching the Vettel of old, calming and confidently winding his way round the Sepang circuit as he closes in on victory.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We're going to have to get Nico Rosberg a highlights package of the race so he can see what has happened - he has spent a lot of time wondering what is going on around him. The first priority is concentrating on what is happening directly in front of you. The team radio gives you a psychological boost but does not give you pure performance at the next corner."

  58. LAP 48

    Nico Rosberg is eight seconds behind Lewis Hamilton, currently in second. He asks about how the race is going in general and is told all the other drivers have made their stops.

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    Ian, Plymouth: Perhaps Christian Horner will now stop talking about Mercedes' dominance!

  60. LAP 47

    Max Verstappen is firmly on course to be the youngest ever points scorer in Formula 1. He is in P8 and is looking to get even higher as he closes in on another rookie, Carlos Sainz.

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    It does not bode well when even the team is impressed by their direct rival for the win...

  62. LAP 46

    TEN LAPS TO GO. Is Sebastian Vettel going to do it? Lewis Hamilton is making ground but is not making big enough inroads into Vettel's lead - which is still 11 seconds - and he might just run out of laps unless he can find something extra.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We're witnessing something special in this two-stop strategy from Vettel. Some, myself included, were disappointed how he handled last season, but boy is he back - what a display!

    "This declared love affair with Ferrari has come together a lot quicker than I could have imagined."

  64. LAP 45

    Personal bests in the first two sectors for Lewis Hamilton and he completes the lap with a 1:43.1, cutting Sebastian Vettel's advantage down to 11 seconds.

  65. LAP 44

    "Blue flag, blue flag," repeats Sebastian Vettel over the radio as he closes in on Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean, ready to lap them.

    Sebastian Vettel
  66. Get involved #bbcf1

    Ratcatcher: Yep. Hamilton can only race when he has the best car in optimal conditions. Give him even a slight challenge & he has a tantrum.

    Reece Young: Hamilton in the zone; tells his engineers to leave him alone. Doesn't sound happy.

    Joshua Geake: Hamilton's worst enemy beginning to reappear again: himself.

  67. LAP 43

    Lewis Hamilton is not happy. His team tell him what he needs to do to catch Sebastian Vettel, drawing this tetchy response: "Hey man, don't talk to me through the corners. I almost went off." Team radio gold.

    Jenson Button is in and that is his race run to complete a frustrating day for McLaren.

  68. LAP 42

    Nico Rosberg is in for his final pit stop and is back out in third on medium tyres.

    Jenson Button is still going as he looks to claw his way into the points, but what's this? "I've lost power, lost power," a worried-sound Button reports. The McLaren is gingerly making its way round the circuit. Another McLaren retiring?

  69. LAP 40

    Max Verstappen is on to the grass as he tries to enter the pits. Lewis Hamilton sets a new fastest lap and takes a nibble of Sebastian Vettel's advantage.

    Hamilton is sounding increasingly frustrated, as this exchange over the team radio shows....

    Hamilton: "I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing. Paddy says I might be doing another stop."

    Team radio: "That was miscommunication. That was just chatter."

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton ran the prime tyres earlier so he didn't have to put that tyre back on. It's going to neutralise any pace advantage in the tyres. He's going to have do this on outright pace - and Mercedes haven't had it this afternoon. But in these super hot conditions Ferrari have come into their own. It has been very impressive from Vettel."

  72. LAP 39

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton pits for hard tyres but he is still not feeling it. "Wrong tyres man," he says.

    Meanwhile a new fastest lap for Sebastian Vettel. It is surely his race to win.

  73. LAP 38

    Lewis Hamilton leads but he is sounding worried. "Tyres not feeling," good he says over the radio.

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    Nico Rosberg pit stop
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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "I think Ferrari could do this."

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Rosberg is having an below-par Malaysian Grand Prix, frankly."

  77. LAP 37

    Sebastian Vettel makes his second stop, puts on fresh hard tyres and is back out in second, just ahead of Nico Rosberg.

  78. Get involved #bbcf1

    Reece Young: Don't think Ferrari are as close as the race has led us to believe. Bad strategy calls have punished Mercedes but they may still win.

    Andy Moakes: Hamilton should pit now to get the better tyres and close up to Vettel and battle for the win.

    Waѕiyullah Budye: This is fascinating stuff from world champion Hamilton as gap down to 15sec! He's beast!

  79. LAP 36

    Sergio Perez takes his 10 second penalty while Kimi Raikkonen, after making his second stop, gets the better of Max Verstappen and is up to sixth.

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    Force India
  81. LAP 35

    Jenson Button is up to 11th, 2.2 seconds behind Sergio Perez, before Button pits. Meanwhile, the gap between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton is down to 14 seconds.

  82. LAP 33

    Max Verstappen is back up to sixth, where he started the race. Valtteri Bottas is trying to get beyond him but the 17-year-old is holding his ground well.

    A Ferrari leading the way, spins, battles throughout the field and an impressive performance from a teenage rookie. Cracking race!

  83. Get involved #bbcf1

    Adam Craig: Everything is happening in this race! Especially as most of the cars are still going!

    Neil Gough: This is actually a great Grand Prix. Never expected it so soon in the season given Australia was only two weeks ago.

    Charlie: Ironic that everyone is praising Vettel for breaking the monotony at the front... #howtimeschange

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's not a corner that you usually see overtaking. Grosjean was wide on the dirt, relying on Perez lifting out. It was a situation where if you don't get off the usual racing line and give space there will be contact. It was a high-risk strategy."

  85. LAP 32

    Penalties are being handed out left, right and centre as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are given 10 second penalties for causing collisions.

  86. LAP 31

    Grosjean spins

    Romain Grosjean's spin means Jenson Button is up to 13th. Good stuff so far from the McLaren.

    Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, Lewis Hamilton has brought Sebastian Vettel's advantage down to 16 seconds. Whatever happens in this race, though, the Ferraris have certainly made Mercedes sit up and take notice.

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    Ben, Essex: I'd like to think today will finally put to bed that Vettel can only 'do it' in an Adrian Newey car. Come on Seb!

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    McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who retired on lap 21: "The car went better than expected until the retirement. To be able to run with the pack and even catch the Red Bulls before the pit stops was nice surprise. We had some technical issues which we are investigating but it has been a nice weekend. If we keep this rate up, we will enjoy success very soon."

  89. Spin!

    Romain Grosjean gets tagged by Sergio Perez, sending the Lotus into a cheeky 360 spin. He recovers and gets back on his way in his battle to score points. He is currently down in 14th.

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    James Townsend: Some of those people cheering when Vettel took Hamilton were probably moaning when Vettel was dominating back in 2011/2013.

    Rob Douglas-Reeves: Wonder how Alonso feels? His old Ferrari..has become a Ferrari again, his McLaren has become a....well a UnReliant Robin!

  91. LAP 29

    A train of cars is building up behind eighth-placed Nico Hulkenberg, leading to this gem from Jenson Button on the team radio...

    "I'm a little bit surprised - we seem to be catching cars. Quite a few cars," says the Briton.

  92. LAP 28

    Nico Rosberg was back out in fourth but quickly on the back of Kimi Raikkonen, eventually making his move along the pit straight and he is into P3. Ahead of him, Lewis Hamilton is 19.3 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel. "What's our target," he asks over team radio. "We are going for the win."

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    Mirror journalist Byron Young: Fascinating battle for victory and VET certainly making the Mercs work. 20s ahead, one pit stop behind. Order: VET, HAM, RAI, ROS. 15-JB

  94. Crash!

    Hulkenburg collides with Kvyat

    Daniil Kvyat gets beyond his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at Turn One but that work is undone as his sent spinning by Nico Hulkenberg.

  95. LAP 26

    Lewis Hamilton returns with medium tyres and is back out in third. That turns into second as Nico Rosberg heads in, but stays on the hard tyre.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "You see Hamilton right on the edge of the grass before he comes in to the pit lane. Why did they decide to go on that tyre - was it overconfidence? I can't recall a time in 2014 Mercedes being overtaken by another car unless they had technical problems."

  97. LAP 24

    This is stunning stuff from Sebastian Vettel! He is right on Lewis Hamilton and just as he makes the overtake Hamilton opts to into the pits. Mercedes are looking rattled.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was brave from Verstappen - and that was brilliant. He goes to the outside on the braking as the Red Bull goes defensive. He lets the car roll, it is a wide corner and there's plenty of space down the inside. Professionally driven."

  99. LAP 23

    Great stuff from teenage rookie Max Verstappen as he gets the better of Daniel Ricciardo and moves into P10, Nico Hulkenberg is just ahead of him.

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    Formula 1

    McLaren: A disappointing end to Fernando's #F1 return - the team has had to retire his car.

  101. LAP 22

    The gap between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel is just 1.9 seconds, but that is rapidly coming down.

  102. LAP 21

    Vettel overatkes Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg can't hold off the Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel sails past the Mercedes at the final turn. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso's race is run. He is told to box.

  103. LAP 20

    "Both of you have one more stop to make, Seb is on newer tyres, he will push you," Nico Rosberg is told over team radio. "Does that mean if he gets past me he has won," Rosberg asks. Vettel is gaining rapidly.

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    Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, who spun out of the race on lap three: "It was my mistake. I was trying to get past Nico, I was too late on brakes and locked up the rear. It's frustrating."

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    Gavin: Mercedes looking too powerful for Ferrari...was a valiant defence whilst it lasted.

    Wendy Pankhurst: Much more of a race this week - good to see Ferrari doing so well after a few years in the shadows.

    Ross Middleton: I've never been convinced by Perez. He shines bright on his day but he seems so inconsistent. The antithesis of his team mate

  107. LAP 19

    Sebastian Vettel's stop means Lewis Hamilton returns to the front of the pack and he has a 7.3 second advantage over Nico Rosberg, whose main concern at the moment might be the Ferrari behind him with Sebastian Vettel making up ground...

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "We think Hamilton is going to make three stops, but Mercedes' strategists will be thinking hard about that."

    Vettel looks to be two-stopping

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That's a great stop by Vettel and Ferrari. Because that was 23 seconds, with a 2.4 second stop, which is not quite a world record, but that time is good for a 140m pit lane."

  110. LAP 18

    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel heads in for the first time in the race, pitting from the lead and takes on more mediums. Just a 2.4 second stop for Ferrari and he is back out in third.

    Meanwhile, Pastor Maldonado, in 15th, is given a 10-second time penalty for exceeding the safety car time.

  111. LAP 16

    Nico Hulkenberg makes his first stop of the day, strapping on the medium tyres and heading back out in front of Romain Grosjean in 16th.

  112. LAP 15

    Nico Rosberg is now up to third so now Sebastian Vettel leads the two Mercedes but he is still to make his first stop of the race.

  113. LAP 14

    Kimi Raikkonen is into the pits and it is a smooth stop for the Finn. After some nightmare stops in Australia, Ferrari put in the practice on Friday and it looks to have been time well spent.

  114. Team radio

    Words of encouragement for race leader Sebastian Vettel on the team radio. "This is good, keep doing this," the German is told.

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    Oli: Wow the Ferrari's pace is very impressive! Would be good to see them challenge!!

  116. LAP 13

    Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 9.4 seconds at the end of lap 13.

    Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is also making progress after his early puncture. He is 12th, with Daniil Kvyat just over a second ahead of him.

  117. LAP 12

    Some great attacking by Lewis Hamilton has he overtook three cars in as many minutes. His Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, is also climbing - up into fifth. "Keep pushing these cars Nico," comes the message over the radio.

  118. Get involved #bbcf1

    Paul: Benny the Bengal is enjoying the #F1 this week.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was exactly where Hamilton is the more natural driver - wheel to wheel. He's more decisive and the other drivers feel that."

  120. LAP 11

    Max Verstappen can become the youngest points scorer in Formula 1 today but he is down to 10th now as Valtteri Bottas gets the better of him at Turn One.

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    Ryan Blythe: Shaping up to be an interesting race this. Still fancy Hamilton winning it.

  122. LAP 10

    Lewis Hamilton charges past Romain Grosjean with ease. Nico Hulkenberg is his next target, and he gets him at the final corner. Second now.

  123. Post update

    Mercedes engineer on the team radio to Nico Rosberg: "The cars around you are on option tyre. You're one of the few on prime."

  124. LAP NINE

    Lewis Hamilton attacks Carlos Sainz for fourth at Turn One...and makes it. He now has Romain Grosjean in his sights. Nico Rosberg is also making his move, getting beyond Felipe Massa into seventh.

  125. Get involved


    Jordan Baker: Nice to see Vettel leading a race again, probably won't lead to a win but fingers crossed.

    Alex Withington: On that restart lap we've just seen the difference between Lewis and Nico. When Lewis gets a chance, he takes it.

  126. LAP EIGHT

    Sebastian Vettel leads Nico Hulkenberg by 6.8 seconds at the front, with Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz third and fourth respectively. Lewis Hamilton is right on the back of Sainz, though.

    Meanwhile, movement for the McLarens, with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso 15th and 14th respectively.

  127. LAP SEVEN

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are the only drivers in the top 10 on hard tyres. Rosberg is told to "give everything he needs to" with Sergio Perez ahead of him. Felipe Massa is now up to seventh but reports that the engine is not giving him any power.

  128. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton on Mercedes' team radio: "It's going to be hot out here for the tyres."

  129. LAP SIX

    The safety car heads in and we are back racing again. Nico Rosberg, in ninth, is straight on the attack with Felipe Massa ahead of him.

  130. Get involved


    Pantis Papaloizou: The safety car only benefits Rosberg.

    James Rowe: A rather dull first few laps made worse by the safety car. The Sauber could've been cleared with the virtual safety car.

  131. LAP FIVE

    At the moment Sebastian Vettel leads ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez. Lewis Hamilton is sixth.

  132. LAP FOUR

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are into the pits to bolt on the hard tyre. Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat are also in from the leading pack but Sebastian Vettel stays out.

  133. Safety car

    Marcus Ericsson in the gravel.

    A huge spin from Marcus Ercisson into the gravel at Turn One and the safety car is deployed...

  134. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That's the worst place to get a puncture - just past the end of the pit lane. Raikkonen has to do an entire lap. The tyre will roll off the rim but hopefully not do any damage to the body work. Otherwise he might have aerodynamic issues. It could be a long afternoon for Raikkonen."

  135. LAP THREE

    Felipe Nasr has to go in for a new nose as result of that clash while Max Verstappen has dropped to ninth, having started from sixth.

  136. LAP TWO


    Oh no! It gets worse for Kimi Raikkonen as he gets a puncture after nudge from Felipe Nasr just as he passes the pits. He has to complete almost an entire lap before he gets back in.

  137. Get involved


    Andy Moakes: Now will Vettel hold up Rosberg and let Hamo get away?

  138. Team radio

    Pastor Maldonado: "I've got a puncture."

  139. LAP ONE

    Kimi Raikkonen, who lined up 11th on the grid, loses three places and he has a fight on his hands to get up through the field. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is 0.7 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel after the first lap.

  140. Go! Go! Go!

    Formula 1

    Lights out! Away we go and Lewis Hamilton is off the line well, not the best of starts by Sebastian Vettel but he defends second from Nico Rosberg through the first corner.

  141. Post update

    Well, we didn't lose anyone on the formation lap. Already an improvement on Australia.

    Everyone is in their place on the grid. On your marks...

  142. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "We had similar conditions during FP2 on Friday and the hard tyre, in some cases, lasted less long than the medium tyre. So it will be interesting to see how that pans out."

  143. Post update

    Red Bull

    Red Bull Racing: So what does an F1 driver do before jumping in the heat of a Malaysian GP cockpit? Skipping of course...

  144. Post update

    Formula 1: Track temperature is currently 62C. There's around a 60% chance of rain between 1600 and 1700 local time.

  145. Choose your weapons

    Everyone is out on medium tyres, with just Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button starting on the hard tyre.

  146. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "My goodness it is hot down here."

  147. Post update

    Lewis on the grid

    Will it be another Mercedes win? Or can Sebastian Vettel sneak on to the top step of the podium? Not long until we find out.

  148. Post update

    Pirelli Motorsport: "We're looking at 3 stops today for most drivers. If degradation can be contained at the start, 2 stops is possible too. Most teams will want to have a flexible approach, with the possibility to switch from 3 to 2 stop strategy and vice versa."

  149. Post update

    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    "Lewis Hamilton is so dominant, confident and fast - he is on a different race track to everyone else at the moment. He is looking that good.

    "It's not going to stay like this, there will be trouble in the future so he is trying to get as many points as he can now."

  150. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton
  151. Post update

    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    "I think the penalty for Grosjean was a little bit severe. Grosjean is out of position for sure, but also out of position is Raikkonen.

    "Those two are next door to each other and we know there will be fireworks sooner or later. They can have a great race together, work up the field together and get inside the top five - both are capable. But they could also clout each other."

  152. Post update

    Maldonado pit girl

    Pastor Maldonado crashed out on lap one in Australia, will he last longer this time?

    The drivers are in their cars and getting in zone. Almost time.

  153. Get involved


    Chris Callaghan: Slightly gutted to see it's a dry race at the moment! Wanted a downpour to really mix things up.

  154. Celeb spot!

    Jermaine Jackson and Niki Lauda on the grid

    Singer Jermaine Jackson holding an umbrella standing next to Mercedes boss Niki Lauda. Standard.

  155. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator on the grid

    "Things to look out for this afternoon - it is hot, it is the longest grand prix, and we are going into unchartered territory in terms of engine reliability.

    "It is all going to be about tyre strategy. Will they be going option, option, option? Or will they be going on to the hard tyres?"

  156. THE GRID

    1 Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Rosberg 4) Ricciardo 5) Kvyat 6) Verstappen 7) Massa 8) Bottas 9) Ericsson 10) Grosjean

    11) Raikkonen 12) Maldonado 13) Hulkenberg 14) Perez 15) Sainz 16) Nasr 17) Button 18) Alonso 19) Mehri

    Manor's Will Stevens will not take part because of a fuel system issue

  157. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Sepang

    "With Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari on the front row and the McLaren-Hondas at the back, it was inevitable that Fernando Alonso would be asked whether he regretted his decision to leave his former team at the end of last season to pursue his much-desired third title. 'I guessed I would have this question for some races but I want to be in pole position, not second,' Alonso said. 'It is a long way to go for us. We start quite far behind but I have so much trust and confidence in this team.

    "'We have such a talented team of engineers inside McLaren and we saw the progress in the last two weeks. To beat Mercedes you need to do something special, not to copy them because otherwise you will be behind all the time. It will take some time but we will grow up together. We will look at each other in a couple of months when we are in the points or on the podium or something and we will tell each other it was an exciting trip and we are doing it together.'"

  158. Post update


    McLaren: Off to the grid. Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso fire-up their cars and head out on track.

  159. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Sepang

    "The Malaysian Grand Prix promises to be an interesting strategic battle, with teams split between doing two or three pit stops. Lewis Hamilton said: 'It's close between a two and a three. Initially I heard it was a three and then I heard it could be a two.'

    "Mercedes are believed to be too strong for Ferrari, despite Sebastian Vettel's front-row starting position but Kimi Raikkonen - who has free tyre choice for the start of the race - will be worth watching from his 11th place start. Ferrari have good tyre degradation so they may lean towards a two-stop, but for that to work for those starting in the top 10 the medium tyres would have to last until around lap 15 in the first stint. Much before that, and you are probably locked into a three-stopper."

  160. Watch it at the first turn

    David Coulthard grid walk

    David Coulthard spots Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who says: "We have conversation with the drivers about behaving themselves going into that first turn - but you know that goes out of the window as soon as the red light goes out."

  161. Post update


    The 19 cars have rolled out on to the circuit to take their place on the grid. An opportunity for David Coulthard to head on out and grab a few words from the key figures...

  162. What the papers say

    A quick look at what the papers are saying today before we get down to some racing:

    Bernie Ecclestone is planning an all-woman F1 championship to boost the sport's flagging popularity. But Britain's Susie Wolff, the sport's best-known female driver, says it is "not the right direction". [Daily Mirror]

    Ferrari have improved more than any other team and are "coming" for Mercedes this season, says three-time world champion Niki Lauda.[The Guardian]

  163. Post update

    Malaysian Grand Prix circuit

    A great shot of the paddock and circuit as the start of the race draws closer. Just under 20 minutes to go...

  164. Post update


    Wouldn't like to be the person who mops down the seats in the cars at the end of this race. Crikey...

  165. Get involved


    Colm: Re Eddie Jordan on Verstappen (see 07:17). Rightly so, amazing talent at such young age, imagine when he has even a season worth of experience.

    James Rowe: Very interesting insight into the life of a rookie. It showed off, I think, just how nervous Verstappen was on Sunday morning.

    Nathan Stalker: Actually feel sorry for Max Verstappen the media relate everything to his dad. Let him get on with it.

  166. Malaysia memories - 2001

    Formula 1

    Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello recovered from an early off-track excursion to record a Ferrari one-two in a classic race at Sepang.

    Schumacher had made a great start to build a large gap at the first corner but rain started to fall by the third lap and both Ferraris ran wide, allowing Jarno Trulli to take the lead. It looked like the chance for a Ferrari win had passed when stops for Barrichello and Schumacher ended up being a bit of a mess, before the pair were sent back out on intermediate tyres with the other leading runners on full wets.

    The circuit was well and truly soaked but the deployment of the safety car worked in Ferrari's advantage. It stayed until the rain had stopped meaning conditions were ideal for Schumacher and Ferrari to cut through the field and secure a one-two.

  167. Circuit stats

    Formula 1
  168. Nah, nah, nah, nah

    Red Bull

    Red Bull Racing Spy: Chris threatens to tell Dan the cricket score if he doesn't finish on the podium this afternoon…

    For the rest of you, we also have live updates on the Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand.

  169. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Sepang

    "It is a much better Red Bull at Malaysia, following improvements to the drivability of the Renault engine after the problems in Australia caused public frictions between the team and their engine partner. Daniel Ricciardo, who starts fourth, said the difference was 'night and day - it's still not perfect but we've made the best step we can ask for in a two-week period.'

    "Ricciardo has had a good half-second on team-mate Daniil Kvyat so far this weekend, the Russian still finding his feet, and the margin was the same in qualifying. But Kvyat starts right behind the Australian in fifth."

  170. Post update

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Daniel Ricciardo will be hoping for better luck on this circuit than he has had in the past. He has never scored at Sepang and failed to finish the race last year.

    Since the beginning of this decade Red Bull have only failed to score a podium once on this track, when Mark Webber was fourth in 2012, and Ricciardo might fancy his chances of getting on the podium as he starts fourth on the grid.

  171. Post update

    Formula 1 journalist Adam Cooper: So no Will Stevens in the race. Interesting that we never seemed to see two Marussias running at the same time this weekend.

  172. Post update

    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: "Track temp currently 64.3C. Race more likely to be dry, but risk of showers grows and especially later during event."

  173. Fast fact

    Formula 1

    In just his second race, Max Verstappen has equalled his dad's best-ever grid position when Jos started from sixth at the 1994 Belgian GP for Benetton.

  174. Can I have a lift dad?

    Max Verstappen

    Love this. Most drivers appear to have been provided with a car get to get them to and from the circuit. Max Verstappen, though, is sat in the back as his dad Jos