Formula One: Malaysian Grand Prix – live!

  • Updates from the race at the Sepang International Circuit
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7.44am BST

More on Kimi, as Ferrari’s horror month continues.

“The battery is just empty” Raikkonen says. Given some setting instructions. Ferrari’s last bullet in the gun is at risk here.

7.43am BST

Unless the unthinkable happens and Fernando Alonso wins from 10th, Sebastian Vettel will leave Sepang today as the all-time F1 win leader on the circuit. He’s got four victories under his belt (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015), one in front of Michael Schumacher and Alonso. Raikkonen is the only other multiple winner in the field with two.

Other winners since the race began – Eddie Irvine, Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo. If Ricciardo joins the dual winner club this year we hope his countrymen will be more restrained in their celebrations this time.

7.41am BST

Kimi Raikkonen’s car has a turbo problem, and is being wheeled through pit lane now for mechanical attention.

7.32am BST

In case you missed it, this will be the last running of the Malaysian Grand Prix for at least the near future. Circuits have disappeared, reappeared, and in some cases disappeared again in the past.

In this case it’s not a simple case of politics or reorganisation of the circuit, the Malaysian government has simply decided not to fund the event in the future.

7.28am BST

Welcome to our coverage of the 2017 Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix. A qualification drama for his nearest rival has given Lewis Hamilton the advantage in the title race, and with just five races to go after this it’s going to be a critical race for both Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Racetime is top of the hour wherever you are, here’s a reminder of what’s already happened this race weekend:

2.21am BST

Adam will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s some food for thought from Giles Richards:

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