Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
After 19 visits to the Sepang International Circuit, F1 bade farewell to Malaysia.
Sepang is a tough place for your first race – even more so when there’s a problem with your drinks bottle. Nonetheless Pierre Gasly battled through to finish.
On a weekend when they could have finished one-two, Ferrari had a disaster. Sebastian Vettel had already lined up at the back of the grid due to a power unit problem in qualifying when another fault meant Kimi Raikkonen had to abandon his car on the grid and couldn’t even start.
Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein and Sebastian Vettel
Here’s what a drag race between a current-specification Ferrari power unit and a 12-month-old one looks like.
Raikkonen’s absence meant Lewis Hamilton had the front row to himself and he led the field to turn one without trouble.
Felipe Massa turned into to the second corner and found a pair of Force Indias there. The resulting contact left him with damage and gave Esteban Ocon a puncture.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton saw Max Verstappen coming and, with one eye on the championship, decided to let him go.
Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso was not at all impressed with Kevin Magnussen’s attempt to keep him behind. “Hulkenberg is right,” declared Alonso on the radio, referring to the Renault driver’s description of Magnussen as “the most unsporting driver”.
Verstappen had retired from half of the races before the Malaysian Grand Prix, but for once his car held together and he took his second career grand prix victory.
Sebastian Vettel and Pascal Wehrlein
Following a bizarre post-race collision with Lance Stroll, Vettel hopped onto Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber for a lift back to the pits. He took his steering wheel with him but avoided a penalty.
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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix
- Hamilton queried the FIA over Vettel’s steering wheel in Malaysia
- Vettel: Stroll changed direction without looking
- Ferrari ‘not fully confident’ of fix for fault which stopped both cars in Malaysia
- New video from Stroll’s car reveals Vettel crash view the stewards didn’t see
- 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio transcript