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The next F1 race is in Bahrain next weekend. In the meantime you can get all the post-race news from Sepang by heading over to the F1 channel on Crash.net. Thank-you and goodbye
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And yes, our tip in terms of who would win was right – how did you do?
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And that's about it from the Malaysian GP LIVE on Crash.net. We hope you enjoyed it...
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Full race report now live: http://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/201597/1/hamilton-eases-to-dominant-sepang-victory.html
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Constructors’ points (top 6) post-Malaysian GP: 1 Mercedes 68 points; 2 McLaren 43; 3 Ferrari 30; 4 Williams 20; 5 Force India 19; 6 Red Bull 15
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Drivers’ points (top 8) post-Malaysian GP: 1 Rosberg 43 points; 2 Hamilton 25; 3 Alonso 24; 4 Button 23; 5 Magnussen 20; 6 Hulkenberg 18; 7 Vettel 15; 8 Bottas 14
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That's the podium interviews
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Vettel: "It was a really good race. The start was not so good. I thought I had a good start... but then Nico was there and Daniel was coming... At some stages Nico and I were close, but he then seemed to find another gear. These guys - Mercedes' - are bloody quick..."
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Rosberg: "I tried to chase Lewis, but he was a bit too quick today..."
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Hamilton dedicates win to the victims of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy
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Hamilton: "Incredible, after such a difficult weekend. I just feel so grateful..."
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Drivers' spray the champagne...
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Podium time
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Hamilton celebrates with his mechanics. He is clearly a very happy boy...
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Vettel on radio: "Thanks boys, well executed race. Still a long way to go, but we will get there..."
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Magnussen and Kvyat complete top ten
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Alonso is fourth, followed by Hulkenberg, Button, Massa and Bottas
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Vettel claims third
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Rosberg is 2nd
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Hamilton wins the Malaysian GP
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Lap 56: Hamilton told is on his final lap and to take no risks
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Lap 55: Bottas and Massa battling now...
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Hamilton set for victory, 14.8s up on Rosberg going into final lap...
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Lap 55: Bottas still behind Massa
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Massa told not to hold Bottas up
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3 laps remaining
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Alonso passes Hulkenberg at T1 and then finally gets by at T3
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Lap 53: Alonso battling with Hulkenberg for P4; Massa is told Bottas 'is faster'.
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Ricciardo pits again, looks like he is out
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Lap 52: Hamilton pits
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Hamilton told to box
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Lap 51: Rosberg pits
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Rosberg told to box
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Lap 50: Vettel pits
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Lap 49: Hamilton leads, 13.8 up on Rosberg. Vettel is 3rd (+21.8)
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Alonso sets the new fastest lap, 1:44.165
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Lap 48: Hamilton's lead up to 13s
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Here's the order: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Button, Massa, Bottas, Magnussen and Kvyat
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Lap 47: Hamilton now 12.4s up on Rosberg
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Lap 46: Massa right up with Button
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Replays show Ricciardo's front wing got damaged running over the kerbs. He now gets a 10s stop-go penalty for an unsafe release
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Bottas pits
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Lap 45: Hamilton sets the new fastest lap of the race, 1:44.329. He is now 11.8s up on Rosberg. Vettel is 6.8s further back now in P3
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Lap 44: Ricciardo pits again and gets a new nose
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Ricciardo has front-wing problems. Has he hit someone? Or has it failed?
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Lap 43: Alonso pits
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Lap 42: Hamilton now leads by 10.6s
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Red Bull are being investigated for an unsafe release
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Lap 41: Ricciardo pits, there is problems - front left tyre not done up properly. That's ruined his race. He drops to 14th
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Button pits, Magnussen follows him in
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Lap 40: Order is - Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Massa, Button, Bottas and Magnussen
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Lap 39: Alonso right up with Ricciardo
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Lap 38: Vettel told is raining in Turns 9 and 10. So was Rosberg losing oil or water? Or was it just rain? Not clear...
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Lap 37: Hamilton, 11.8s up on Rosberg; Vettel still right on Rosberg's tail, reports the Mercedes is losing oil or water
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Gutierrez pits and retires
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Lap 36: Order is, Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Button, Massa, Bottas, Magnussen and the rest..
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Marshals now pushing Sutil's car out of the way...
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Raikkonen reports it is raining a bit at the back of the circuit. Could this spice things up?
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Hamilton now leads by 11.5s; Rosberg is second and under pressure from Vettel
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Lap 35: Hulkenberg pits
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Sutil has stopped out of the final corner, we have waved yellows...
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Hulkenberg told to pit
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...and crucially in the DRS range
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Vettel posts the fastest lap of the race so far, 1:44.779. He is right up with Rosberg
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Lap 34: Hamilton pits, no problems - 3.8s stop; re-joins in the lead
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Rosberg re-joins in 3rd, 1s up on Vettel
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Lap 33: Rosberg pits, Hamilton told to box - 'push, push'...
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Bottas now posts the fastest lap, 1:45.475
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Rosberg told to box
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Magnussen passes Kvyat and is up to P10
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Lap 32: Vettel now pits
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Hamilton still 10s up on Rosberg
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Lap 31: Ricciardo sets the new fastest lap, 1:45.831
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Mercedes tell Hamilton there is a possible threat of rain near the end of the race
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Lap 30: Bottas pits
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Rosberg told over radio that there is rain in the area...
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Hamilton now 10.5s up on Rosberg... looking good for him and Mercedes
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Lap 29: Ricciardo pits
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Magnussen posts the new fastest lap, 1:46.110
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Lap 28: Alonso pits, as does Massa
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Lap 27: Hamilton 10.1s up on Rosberg; Vettel 3.5 further back; Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Massa, Bottas, Button and Kobayashi in positions 3 through to 10
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Lap 26: Button pits, re-joins 9th
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Magnussen serves his stop-go
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Lap 25: Hamilton leads, Rosberg +9.9s. Vettel is 3.4s further back. Ricciardo is another 4.2 adrift. Alonso, Hulkenberg, Button, Massa, Bottas and Grosjean complete top ten; Magnussen and Sutil pit
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Note: We have four retirements so far - Perez, Maldonado, Bianchi and Vergne
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Lap 24: Hamilton leads, Rosberg +9.5s. Vettel is 3rd, followed by Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Button, Massa, Bottas and Magnussen.
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Lap 23: Kvyat pits, re-joins in 15th
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Mercedes do the same with Rosberg
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Hamilton told by team on radio: We are going to look after this engine and turn it down a bit...
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Lap 22: Hamilton's lead up to 9.7s, he is inching away from Rosberg
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Hamilton is now 9.5s up on Rosberg
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Lap 21: Bottas passes Kvyat on the start-finish straight
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Lap 20: Hamilton leads Rosberg by 9.1s. Vettel is 3rd, 2.3s back, then it is Ricciardo and Alonso - both another 2.5s roughly further adrift. Hulkenberg, Button, Massa, Kvyat and Bottas complete the top ten
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Vergne pits and retires
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Lap 19: Raikkonen pits
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Bianchi has retired
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Lap 18: Hamilton posts a fastest lap, his lead is now 9.4s
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So here's the order: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Button, Massa and the rest
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Lap 17: Hulkenberg now pits, re-joins in 6th
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Hamilton overtakes Hulkenberg and re-takes the lead
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Hulkenberg now leads, from Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Ricciardo, Alonso and the rest. Remember though, Hulkenberg hasn't stopped yet.
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Lap 16: Hamilton pits, was 20s up on Hulkenberg and 30s up on Rosberg; Lewis' stop was 3.1s
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Hamilton told to box
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Lap 15: Rosberg pits, re-joins in 3rd - ahead of Vettel and co...
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Hamilton leading by around 6.6 seconds still
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Vettel rejoins just in front of Ricciardo and Alonso; Button pits too
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Lap 14: Vettel pits
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Ricciardo re-joins and just stays ahead of Alonso
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Alonso now running 9th, as Ricciardo pits
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Alonso pits
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Hamilton still leads, 6.2s up on Rosberg. Vettel is 3rd (4s further back), followed by Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Button, Massa, Bottas and the rest...
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Magnussen has been given a 5-sec stop-go penalty for causing the earlier collision with Raikkonen
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Magnussen gets a new nose too
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Magnussen pits
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Lap 8: 1. Hamilton; 2 Rosberg +5.2; 3 Vettel +8.7; 4 Ricciardo +9.8; 5 Alonso +10.9; 6 Hulkenberg +14, 7 Button +19; 8 Magnussen +25
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Maldonado has come into the pits and has retired
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Alonso is just over 10s off Hamilton
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Lap 7: Hamilton now leads by 4.7s from Rosberg, Vettel is 3.2s further back in third; Ricciardo, Alonso and Hulkenberg complete top 6
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Maldonado is told to retire at end of lap
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Bottas told not to be aggressive, replies he is quicker and that Massa needs to get on with it
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Bianchi given 5-sec stop-go penalty for causing the collision with Maldonado
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Hamilton posts a fastest lap, now leads by 4.3s
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Replays show the Magnussen-Raikkonen incident - Magnussen just tagged the back of the Ferrari and damaged his front wing
09:13
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Correction, Ricciardo only jumped one Ferrari
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Replays of start, show Ricciardo jumping both Ferraris and Vettel - impressive stuff
09:11
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Maldonado and Bianchi clash on opening lap is under investigation
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Hamilton is told on radio that Rosberg is struggling with rear tyres, is warned to look after them
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Magnussen re-takes the position from Massa...
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Massa passes Magnussen, as Vettel also passes Ricciardo...
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Raikkonen pits
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Perez has been retired
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Button has just got ahead of Magnussen
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Lap 2: Hamilton, +3.2 on Rosberg, then Ricciardo, Vettel, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Magnussen and Button...
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Bianchi limps into the pits after contact with Maldonado on lap 1
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Bottas is up to 12th - has made up six places
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Raikkonen is going slow... after contact with Magnussen?
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Lap 1: Hamilton leads from Rosberg, Ricciardo, Vettel, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Raikonen, Magnussen, Button and Massa
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Ricciardo is up to third
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Hamilton leads, good start from Rosberg
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We're off...
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Get set...
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Cars forming up on grid
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Perez is in the garage and looks like he will miss the start
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Formation lap time - few cars slow away, but no dramas
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Paul Hembery told Crash.net on the way to the grid that he expects a lot complaints from drivers about tyre deg if the race stays dry. Just like old times eh?
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Humidity is 62 per cent; Air temp, 32; track temp, 51.
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Weather update: We hear the chance of rain now is down to 30 per cent...
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Just 10 minutes to go now until the off...
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Drivers and teams currently prep'ing for the race on the grid
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There is a one minute's silence now for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy. Crash.net extends it sympathies to all those affected
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Here's a quick weather update - currently dry and sunny. We've heard there is about a 40 per cent chance of rain
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Dark horse? How about Kimi Raikkonen? Or even Nico Hulkenberg? Okay, so maybe we are getting carried away now!
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Our tip for the race: Has to be one of the Mercedes’, so we will pluck for Lewis Hamilton. He can’t have the same bad luck he had in Australia can he?
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Pirelli's Paul Hembery adds: “We’re expecting between two and three pit stops if the weather stays dry: we’ll have to look at the data tonight to have a more accurate idea. However, with the drivers having saved plenty of slick tyres today, those who have the speed in the car to make three stops have the option to do so with a new stock of tyres.”
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“Start on the medium, change to the medium again on lap 15, medium once more on lap 29 and a final stint on the hard from lap 43.”
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Pirelli says three is the optimum: “Strategy will naturally depend on whether or not there is a wet race tomorrow, but rain in Malaysia rarely lasts for more than about an hour. Theoretically, the quickest strategy is three stops for the 56-lap race.
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So how many stops are we likely to get?
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You can read all about qualifying here: http://www.crash.net/f1/news/201567/1/hamilton-takes-pole-at-soaked-sepang.html
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Valtteri Bottas will start down in 18th having picked up a three-place grid penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo
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Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Jean-Eric Vergne and Jenson Button will line up in positions 5 through to 10.
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Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso fill row 2
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Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel joins him on the front row, having been just 0.055 seconds slower
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Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for Mercedes – for the second race in succession.
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Here’s a quick re-cap on qualifying...
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In the Constructors’, McLaren head the order with 33 points. Mercedes are 2nd on 25 and Ferrari have 18.
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Kevin Magnussen is second on 18 points, with Jenson Button third on 15 – that’s provisional of course, pending the outcome of the Red Bull appeal on April 14
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Coming into the w/d, after winning in Australia, Nico Rosberg leads the Drivers’ Championship.
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After Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion in Australia due to fuel flow irregularities and Red Bull’s subsequent decision to appeal, that has been one of the main talking points pre-race. We will have to wait and see if it is again a problem today...
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Welcome to Crash.net's coverage of the F1 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix...
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Stay tuned to Crash.net for all the post-qualifying news and reaction
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That concludes our coverage of qualifying for the Malaysian GP
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Hamilton now has 33 poles, equals the record held by fellow Brit Jim Clark
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Then it is Alonso, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Vergne and Button in positions 4 through to 10. Button's gamble to run on inters fails to work
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Recap: Hamilton on pole (1:59.431). Vettel 2nd (1:59.486), Rosberg 3rd (2:00.050)
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Hamilton takes pole
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Rosberg is the only runner to improve, moves up to 3rd
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Magnussen fails to improve and Button pits...
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Raikkonen crosses line - doesn't improve, stays 6th
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Vettel times it wrong and his session is over...
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Chequered flag
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Hamilton on radio, says he can't see anything out of his mirrors
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Hulkenberg up to 7th
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Recap: Hamilton quickest, from Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Vergne and Button
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Button is the only runner on inters and is currently 10th and slowest
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Raikkonen told to keep pushing, replies and says they need to change tyres
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Rosberg runs off track...
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Vettel is 2nd, 0.055s slower. Then it is Alonso, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and Vergne...
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Hamilton told to 'keep pushing...'
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Rosberg does a 2:00.180...
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Hamilton now posts a 1:59.431
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Raikkonen posts first time, 2:01.218
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Magnussen pits and swaps to wets; Button pits and goes for a fresh set of inters... brave or stupid? Guess we will see
09:49
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Magnussen on radio, says it is still too wet for inters
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Race control confirms: Bottas is going to be investigated post-session for impeding Ricciardo
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Session is GREEN
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Raikkonen waiting at the end of the pit lane for the start of Q3
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Replays show Grosjean spun near the end
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Recap: Top ten is, Hamilton (1:59.041), then Vettel (1:59.399), Rosberg, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Raikkonen, Button and Magnussen in positions 2 through to 9. Vergne is of course 10th
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Vergne makes cut by 0.255s
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So, to confirm: Kvyat, Gutierrez, Massa, Perez, Bottas and Grosjean all out - finish session in positions 10 through to 16
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Vergne then displaces him...
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Kvyat now up to P10
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Vettel goes 2nd...
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Gutierrez improves and is now P11
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Button improves and is now 8th; Perez on cusp...
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Button and Grosjean are split by 0.330s in P10 and P11 respectively
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...then it is Vettel, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Raikkonen, Magnussen, Perez and Button in 3 through to 10
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Hamilton improves to a 1:59.041 as Rosberg re-takes 2nd (+0.404s)
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Button is on cusp in P11. Grosjean, Gutierrez, Massa, Vergne, Kvyat, Bottas in drop zone in positions 11 through to 16
09:35
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Magnussen has had an off... and is into the gravel
09:34
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Vettel now 2nd
09:32
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Alonso goes 6th
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Ricciardo goes 2nd and splits the Mercedes'; Vettel fourth from Hulkenberg and Magnussen
09:30
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First timed laps coming in - Hamilton quickest on a 1:59.419...
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Correction to earlier information: Contact between Alonso and Kvyat was at Turn 9
09:29
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Confirmation that the stewards are going to investigate the Alonso-Kvyat clash post-session
09:28
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Alonso is back out
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Conditions still wet - lots of spray coming off the cars. Everyone is on track - except Alonso
09:26
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Session is GREEN
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Ferrari mechanics are busy now trying to fix Alonso's car. He may yet get out then after all. Time will tell
09:24
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Kvyat seemed to come in too quick and then tried to go down the inside of Alonso.
09:22
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Replays show Kvyat and Alonso made contact at Turn 4. Alonso has suffered front suspension damage and will surely miss Q2 now
09:21
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Kvyat and Alonso have touched
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Session has been red flagged
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Raikkonen confirms he is going to pit now for wets
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Lots of spray coming off the cars. Raikkonen's decision to go for inters looks ambitious...
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Q2 is GREEN
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Hamilton heads snake at end of pit lane
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Drivers lining up to start Q2, all on full wets, except Raikkonen who has opted for inters
09:17
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Sutil was obviously the 'big' name exit in Q1
09:13
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Race Control has confirmed that Q1 won't be re-started btw
09:13
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Kvyat and Vergne ended up 15th and 16th. Vergne's best lap was a 2:01.689. Maldonado's best in 17th was a 2:02.074 - 0.385 difference
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At the front, Rosberg was fastest (1:57.183). Hamilton was 2nd, followed by Vettel, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Bottas in positions 3 through to 8. Massa and Perez complete top ten
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So just to confirm: Maldonado, Sutil, Bianchi, Kobayashi, Chilton and Ericsson all go out in Q1 and will start in positions 17 through to 22 (pending any penalties of course, which could yet juggle things up)
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Replays show Ericsson lost it coming out of Turn 3
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Ericsson has climbed out of his Caterham. Marshals are busy clearing up the debris
09:07
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Session red flagged now after Ericsson's crash
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Ericsson has crashed - yellow flags... looks like it has happened at Turn 4
09:06
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Vettel and Ricciardo in pits now too
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Maldonado, Sutil, Bianchi, Kobayashi, Chilton and Ericsson in drop zone in positions 17 through to 22 respectively
09:05
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Rosberg and Hamilton back in pits...
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Vettel moves up to 3rd, 0.471s off Rosberg
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Button now up to 13th...
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Vergne now on the cusp and in P16
09:01
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Button moves up to 15th
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Maldonado is on the cusp at the moment... Sutil, Bianchi, Button, Kobayashi, Chilton and Ericsson in drop zone
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Magnussen posts the 14th quickest time
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Recap: Rosberg quickest, then it is Hamilton, Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg and Bottas in positions 2 through to 6. Raikkonen, Perez, Grosjean and Vettel complete top-ten
08:58
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Button only 17th at moment and Magnussen has yet to post a time...
08:58
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Reports rain is returning - have McLaren messed up?
08:57
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Button and Magnussen have swapped to inters
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Vettel is told to pit due to an 'issue' with his Red Bull
08:56
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Rosberg's best lap is a 1:57.189. Hamilton is 0.019s slower. Ricciardo 1.730s slower in third
08:55
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Rosberg leading the way at the moment. Hamilton and Ricciardo 2nd and 3rd
08:52
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Hamilton starts his first timed lap. He was at the head of the snake starting Q1...
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They've now left too - everyone on track, bar Ericsson
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Raikkonen and Red Bulls still in garage...
08:50
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Session is GREEN. Everyone is off, except Ericsson...
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Button is on full wets
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Hamilton is told on radio by Mercedes: "We do expect rain in this session..."
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Rosberg and Hamilton are on inters; a gaggle of other cars are joining them...
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Both Mercedes have left their garages and are waiting at the end of the pit lane
08:46
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...so that is 16:50 hours local time [08.50 hours UK time]
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Good news, session will start in 5 minutes
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Safety car back out for third time
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@OfficialSF1Team tweets: "Conditions seem to get better. Planned start at 16:50 Malaysian time @sepangcircuit..."
08:37
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Message from Race Control: Start of Q1 delayed by a further 5 minutes. Next update at 16.45 hours local time [08.45 hours UK time].
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@RenaultSportF1 tweets: "Looks like it will be a 1645 start as the rain eases. But ominous reports of a further shower not far away..."
08:33
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Safety car back out to evaluate conditions
08:27
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Rain seems to be easing up here now, almost stopped...
08:23
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Replays show the Safety car sliding and splashing in the rain. Lots of spray...
08:22
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Safety car is back in
08:20
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Message from Race Control: Start of Q1 delayed by a further 15 minutes. Next update at 16.35 hours local time [08.35 hours UK time].
08:19
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Safety car is going out - hopefully a good sign...
08:16
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Sorry for the silence, not much to report. It's still raining. Next update from Race Control due in 4 minutes now...
08:06
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Message from Race Control: Start of Q1 delayed by a further 15 minutes. Next update at 16.20 hours local time [08.20 hours UK time].
08:02
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This is our favourite mind: @MercedesAMGF1: "Last minute adjustments for the #F1 W05: wheels off, flippers on... #PriMaxPower..." Thanks guys...
08:02
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Similar tweets from the other teams - @ToroRossoSpy: "It's raining cats and dogs out there :( #GOTOROROSSO..."; @clubforce: "Nearly considering swapping qualifying for powerboating... #FeelTheRain pic.twitter.com/j4mGrdIrfT..."
08:00
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@Marussia_F1Team tweets: "Great roosters of spray coming off the pit lane. But not the cars; they're snug as a bug in the garage. pic.twitter.com/Uk2pX5NMSv..."
07:56
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Next update from Race Control due at 16.05 hours local time [08.05 hours UK time]
07:54
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Little bit of news, McLaren had hardware problems in FP3 - restricting Button to 4 laps and Magnussen to 5. Team now saying those issues have been resolved. Fingers crossed for our friends at @McLarenF1
07:52
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Okay, its official qualifying has been delayed by 15 minutes
07:49
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No news yet on if qualifying will be delayed, although given how it is raining here, it seems likely. We will keep you posted...
07:48
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It has been dry for all three practice sessions - but is now raining heavily at the Sepang International Circuit
07:47
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Quick recap, Mercedes have topped all three practice sessions so far this weekend and in final practice this morning, Rosberg and Hamilton were way ahead in first and second, a second or so up on the rest
07:46
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Welcome back! Crash.net's live commentary of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix starts shortly
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That concludes our coverage of FP3. Join us later for qualifying. Bye for now.
06:04
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Massa, Bottas and Maldonado do the most laps - 20 apiece
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Bad session for Kobayashi, Button and Magnussen - all three only do 7, 4 and 5 laps respectively
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So who was quickest? Rosberg ends FP3 top (1:39.008). Hamilton is 2nd (+0.232). Then it is Raikkonen (+1.148), Vettel (+1.379) and Hulkenberg (+1.525). Ricciardo, Alonso, Massa, Bottas and Perez fill positions 6 through 10.
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Grosjean reports on radio that the rear-end is a 'disaster'
06:00
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Chequered flag out...
05:59
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Replays show Grosjean off and into the gravel
05:58
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Mercedes have finished early - part-timers!
05:57
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@CaterhamF1 adds: "... we have an issue on @Ericsson_Marcus' car that we want to take a look out. He's debriefing with his engineer while we prepare for quali..."
05:57
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Here's the latest from @CaterhamF1: "5 minutes left of FP3 and our session is done. Investigations continue into the mechanical issue on @kamui_kobayashi's car..."
05:55
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@MercedesAMGF1 tweets: "3 laps, 3 back-to-back pit stops for each #F1 W05 to end @LewisHamilton & @nico_rosberg's latest runs. If the crew weren't sweaty before..."
05:53
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Replays show Hamilton overtaking Raikkonen on the pit entry
05:52
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Hulkenberg now up to 4th for Force India...
05:52
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Here's the top 10: Rosberg, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Alonso, Perez, Gutierrez, Ricciardo, Vettel, Bottas and Hulkenberg.
05:49
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McLaren not having a good session, Button has a time on board - but not a representative one - is +26.547s and has only done 4 laps, like team-mate, Magnussen
05:49
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Replays show the debris came off Ericsson's Caterham - it is a little bit of bodywork
05:48
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TV footage shows some debris on track at the end of the start-finish straight - possibly a small part off of a front-wing end-plate?
05:45
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Hamilton moves up to 2nd, he is 0.232 off Rosberg
05:44
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Rosberg is the first man in the 1:39's and is over a second up on Raikkonen
05:43
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Rosberg now quickest on a 1:39.008 - that's the best time of the weekend so far
05:43
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Magnussen has a sensor problem. He has done only 4 laps so far...
05:42
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Still no time from Magnussen
05:41
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Raikkonen puts Ferrari top and lowers benchmark to a 1:40.156. He is 0.396 up on Hamilton
05:40
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Alonso moves up to 2nd on a 1:40.736. He is now in a Mercedes 'sandwich'...
05:38
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Replays show Perez locking up at Turn 4
05:38
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Heading into the final third of FP3, Hamilton still top from Rosberg and Raikkonen
05:34
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Grosjean has now set a time, while replays show Maldonado locking up and going off at Turn 4
05:32
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@MercedesAMGF1 tweets: Half time in #FP3: both cars in for tweaks and a switch to medium tyres. @LewisHamilton currently just edging @nico_rosberg in the times #F1
05:31
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No sooner have we posted that and Ricciardo and Vettel set times - they are 4th and 7th respectively currently...
05:30
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Recap, 30 mins in - Hamilton quickest on a 1:40.522. Rosberg, Raikkonen, Bottas and Alonso in positions 2 through to 5. Then it is Hulkenberg, Vergne, Perez, Massa and Kvyat
05:28
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Almost halfway through session and no times from the Red Bulls, or Grosjean or Magnussen
05:27
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Hamilton now top on a 1:40.522. Rosberg is 0.394s slower...
05:26
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Button on radio, reports 'very low grip' in high-speed corners
05:24
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Replays show Hamilton running off at Turn 4
05:21
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Rosberg bumps his team-mate down to 2nd and lowers benchmark to a 1:40.946
05:21
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Hamilton puts Mercedes top on a 1:41.246. 17 times on board now. Its busy out on track...
05:20
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Magnussen on radio, reports he has 'no power'. He is trying to limp back to the pits. Massa is not impressed and almost collects the McLaren...
05:18
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Raikkonen on a quick lap and despite a big lock up, goes top on a 1:41.835 - around a second up on Massa
05:17
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Yesterday's top time by Rosberg was a 1:39.909.
05:16
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Massa now top for Williams on a 1:42.855.
05:15
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Maldonado improves to a 1:44.622. 5 times now on board - Chilton, Kobayashi, Ericsson and Sutil in 2-3-4-5 respectively.
05:14
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Another amusing tweet from @Lotus_F1Team: "A little off at T8 for @Pastormaldo clearly surprised: a) the car made it that far, b) it was running at speed..."
05:14
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Ericsson joins him on the timing board and is 2nd on a 1:47.302. Don't get excited Caterham fans, however, only two cars have set times...
05:13
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Maldonado has set the first time of the session, a 1:45.211
05:13
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Vettel on radio: reports 'something loose on the rear...', adds it is probably a sticker
05:12
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Replays show Maldonado running slightly wide at Turn 8
05:08
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Vettel has gone out now as well
05:07
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Ricciardo completes a practice start and exits the pits. He is going to be the only man on track...
05:05
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Every driver has done an installation lap now - except Vettel and Ricciardo
05:04
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Just a reminder, for those new to #F1, that this session is only 60 minutes long, compared to the two 90 minute sessions we had on Friday
05:01
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Lots of cars going out straight away. There is some talk we might get a bit of rain in this session...
05:00
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Session is GREEN and Ericsson is first out..
04:59
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FP3 starts now in less than a minute. Conditions are partly cloudy, air temp is 33, track temp is 49 and humidity is 60 per cent.
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Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi had to miss FP2 on Friday due to technical problems. We had a nice chat with Kamui on Friday and he is  hopeful he can repeat his Melbourne recovery. Full story here: http://www.crash.net/f1/news/201559/1/kobayashi-hopes-for-melbourne-repeat.html
04:55
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After Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion in Australia due to fuel-flow irregularities, the Aussie had more fuel sensor issues on Friday and Red Bull boss, Christian Horner has said the team could risk the wrath of the FIA again - Full story here: http://www.crash.net/f1/news/201551/1/red-bull-could-risk-fia-wrath-again.html
04:50
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If you missed FP1 and FP2 on Friday, Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg set the pace respectively in those two sessions. However, it was VERY close and in FP2 the top three was split by just 0.061s - and the top six by 0.203s.
04:46
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Morning and welcome to Crash.net's live commentary of FP3 for the Malaysian Grand Prix
07:34
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Bye for now and thank-you for following FP2 on Crash.net
07:34
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Remember to keep an eye on Crash.net as well for all the latest news and reaction post-FP2
07:33
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That concludes our coverage of FP2. We hope you enjoyed it. Join us tomorrow for FP3.
07:32
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Just to confirm: Kobayashi and Maldonado both sit out session; Grosjean stops out on track due to a technical problem; Bottas completes the most number of laps 35
07:32
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So who was quickest? Rosberg ends FP2 top (1:39.909). Raikkonen is 2nd (+0.035) and Vettel is third (+0.061s). Hamilton, Alonso, Massa, Ricciardo and Button fill positions 4 through to 8. Bottas and Hulkenberg complete top 10. Magnussen is 12th.
07:31
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Replays show Ricciardo went off at Turn 11. Quite a big off, but he can continue back to the pits
07:30
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Ricciardo has a late trip into the gravel
07:30
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Chequered flag out
07:29
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Lots of teams and drivers doing practice pit stops - check out the various twitter feeds from the teams for some cool pics
07:28
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Getting close to the end of FP2 now, Hulkenberg has done the most laps at the moment - 34
07:24
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Raikkonen reports his rear tyres are in 'quite bad shape already'.
07:21
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Chilton reports his front left is wobbly...
07:17
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Nice to see Lotus haven't lost their sense of humour: @Lotus_F1Team tweets: "Not more parking fines @RGrosjean!". Team then adds: "Well it's a definite swipe left to today's proceedings. Arse. You can quote us on that."
07:15
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About to go into the final 15 minutes, no change in terms of the order as all the runners are focusing on long runs
07:13
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Grosjean's car is pushed back behind the barriers under waved yellows.
07:12
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Grosjean slows again and then stops out on track. He reports he 'lost the gearbox'. Another miserable day for Lotus
07:08
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19 runners out on track now, just Perez in pits (along with Maldonado and Kobayashi - latter won't run. Maldonado also looks set to miss the session after his problems in FP1)
07:04
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Grosjean exits the pits, Lotus must have fixed his car (it got stuck in gear earlier)
07:00
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Recap: 60 mins in, Rosberg quickest still (1:39.909). Raikkonen 2nd (+0.035) and Vettel third (+0.061). Hamilton, Alonso, Massa, Ricciardo and Button in positions 4 through to 8. Bottas and Hulkenberg complete top ten. Magnussen is 12th. Teams focusing mainly on the race now...
06:57
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Replays show Hamilton running wide at Turn 4
06:55
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Update from @WilliamsRacing: "Currently Valtteri P9 1:40.638 but made a mistake on his quickest lap so there is more to come tomorrow."
06:54
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Massa has now pitted, but Hulkenberg is out...
06:53
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5 runners on track: Rosberg, Hamilton, Massa, Bottas, Gutierrez and Ericsson
06:52
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Hulkenberg leading the way at the moment in terms of laps. He has done 16 in his Force India
06:51
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Rosberg performs a practice start and exits the pits. Rosberg is still quickest btw
06:50
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Looks like Chilton's car has been recovered as he is now back out and running in his Marussia; No sign yet of Maldonado
06:47
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FYI: Top three split by just 0.061s, top six by 0.203s, top 11 split by 0.868s - it's close!
06:46
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Vettel moves up to 3rd, 1:39.970 - the third driver below the 1:40 bracket
06:46
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Recap: 45 mins (half way point), Rosberg quickest. Raikkonen 2nd, from Hamilton, Alonso and Massa. Vettel, Ricciardo, Button, Bottas and Hulkenberg complete top ten
06:44
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Replays show Kvyat sliding his Toro Rosso
06:43
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Vettel improves, but only to 6th (1:40.161); Ricciardo is 10th in the sister Red Bull
06:40
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Replays show Bianchi running wide - no harm done and he continues on his way
06:39
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Raikkonen moves up to 2nd (1:39.944) and splits Rosberg and Hamilton; Both Mercedes cars are back in the pits currently
06:37
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Massa has also now done 12 laps...
06:37
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Ericsson has done the most laps so far, 12
06:36
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Rosberg now top on a 1:39.909. Hamilton 2nd (1:40.051) and then Massa is 3rd (1:40.112)
06:35
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Update from @WilliamsRacing: "Focus is on tyre work this afternoon #FP2"
06:33
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Magnussen has now set a time, he goes 15th on the medium tyres
06:30
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Drivers starting to run with the softer (medium) tyre now
06:29
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Recap: 30 mins in, Alonso quickest (1:40.737). Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas and Massa in 2-5. Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Vergne and Button round out top ten. 18 times on board. No time yet for Magnussen. It is unclear if Maldonado will get out in FP2 currently...
06:28
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Only four drivers on track now.
06:25
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@MercedesAMGF1 tweets: "We're hearing of a slight headwind into T1: a breeze will affect the stability of the cars and also braking points on corner entry #F1Facts"
06:23
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Vettel now up to third on a 1:41.041
06:22
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TV pictures show F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone in the pits.
06:19
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Replays show Hulkenberg running off and into the gravel. He continues.
06:18
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Alonso moves to the fore on a 1:40.737; Hamilton goes second, 0.048s slower
06:17
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Still no times from Hamilton, Vettel or Ricciardo
06:16
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Grosjean going slow - stuck in gear...
06:16
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Raikkonen moves up to third; 15 drivers have now set times - all have done out-laps, except Maldonado and Kobayashi (latter won't run in FP2)
06:13
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Massa is 2nd on a 1:41.075, so a 1-2 for Williams...
06:12
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Bottas demotes Button to P2 - top time now a 1:41.072
06:12
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Button improves and lowers the marker to a 1:41.635
06:10
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Chilton's car has now been cleared; Vergne suffers a spin
06:09
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Button goes quickest (1:42.445) and then is displaced almost immediately by Hulkenberg (1:42.293). 8 times now on board
06:08
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Seven drivers have now posted times; Grosjean still quickest followed by Perez and Bianchi
06:07
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Chilton is stuck and is now climbing out of his Marussia. Marshals are on the scene to remove the car
06:05
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Grosjean posts the first time of FP2, a 1:44.005s; Ten drivers have now done installation laps; Chilton has stopped out on track - loses it at Turn 3
06:03
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Six drivers have done installation laps
06:02
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Kobayashi won't run in this session: @CaterhamF1 tweets: "Unfortunately @kamui_kobayashi's bad luck continues. We're still working on his car & he won't be back out for FP2."
06:01
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Session is GREEN. Grosjean is first out and after only doing 4 laps in FP1 (and setting no time), he will be hoping for better this afternoon
05:52
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There is a 40 per cent of rain in this session. FP1 was dry, hot and humid.
05:51
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All fairly quiet during the break... although after Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion in Australia (due to alleged fuel flow irregularities) the FIA has confirmed it will hold a press conference this evening to explain in detail how the fuel system works and how the regulations are applied. We will keep you posted.
05:47
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If you missed FP1, Hamilton was quickest from Raikkonen. Rosberg, Button and Magnussen were third, fourth and fifth.
05:45
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Welcome back. Crash.net's live commentary of FP2 for the Malaysian Grand Prix follows shortly...
03:33
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That concludes our coverage of FP1. Join us later for FP2. Bye for now.
03:33
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So who was quickest? Hamilton ends FP1 top (1:40.691). Raikkonen (+0.152), Rosberg (+0.337), Button (+0.420), Magnussen (+0.583s) fill positions 2 through to 5. Vergne, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Massa and Bottas complete top 10. Alonso and Ricciardo end up 11th and 12th. 19 times posted. No times for Perez, Grosjean and Maldonado
03:30
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Chequered flag out, session is over.
03:30
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Hamilton has had a little off, goes into the gravel - but keeps it going and re-joins...
03:26
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13 drivers on track now currently
03:25
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Perez's mechanics are still busy trying to fix his car. He had a fuel system problem, but is climbing back into his Force India and may yet get out in FP1
03:24
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Grosjean is back on track. Well done to the @Lotus_F1Team
03:22
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Few drivers doing some practice starts as they head out for their final runs
03:20
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Final ten minutes now...
03:19
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No time from Perez still. Meanwhile @pirellisport tweets: "As expected, the cars will all use the hard tyre in this session. The medium is likely to get an outing this afternoon #F1"
03:18
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Vettel is out of the car, has done just 9 laps. Ericcson has done 19; Massa, Bottas 18 apiece - ditto Gutierrez
03:17
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No sooner have we done that update and Hulkenberg improves. He is now 8th, just ahead of Massa
03:16
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Recap: 15 mins to go, Hamilton still quickest (1:40.691), followed by Raikkonen, Rosberg, Button, Magnussen, Vergne, Vettel and Massa. Hulkenberg and Bottas complete top ten. Alonso 11th, Ricciardo 12th followed by the rest...
03:14
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Maldonado now being wheeled back into his garage
03:13
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Maldonado being pushed by the marshals. He is inches from the white line, so the marshals have to run back and get him over it before the Lotus mechanics can take over. Rules are rules...
03:12
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Maldonado out on track - smoke coming from the back of his Lotus. Not a good day for them... he is going very slowly... Team have told him to stop the car - but he limps back to the pits. Strange...
03:10
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McLaren are hopeful they can get Magnussen back out... @McLarenF1 tweets: "So, Kev's car went into 'limp home' mode - didn't quite manage that, but the marshals/mechanics got it across the line!" Team then adds: "We're getting @KevinMagnussen's car ready to go out again before the end of #FP1"
03:08
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Only 4 cars on track - Massa, Bottas, Kvyat and Bianchi
03:06
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Replays show Massa spinning. He continues in his Williams (is currently 8th quickest)
03:05
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Grosjean reports he drained out the battery. Also says he is still 'hoping' he can get points. We wish him and Lotus luck
03:02
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FYI: Webber (remember him?) was fastest in FP1 last year with a 1:36.935
03:01
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Hamilton improves, lowers benchmark to 1:40.691
03:01
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Vettel now up to 7th
03:00
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Alonso spins; Raikkonen goes quickest 1:40.843. Then Hamilton goes quickest on a 1:40.723. Times tumbling...
02:58
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Chilton stuck in pits at moment. @Marussia_F1Team confirm: "On Max's car we have an electrical issue, which we are working to resolve as quickly as possible..."
02:57
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Recap: 60 mins in, Magnussen quickest on a 1:41.274. Vergne, Raikkonen, Alonos, Rosberg, Button, Ricciardo, Hamilton in positions 2 through to 8. Kvyat and Gutierrez  complete top-ten
02:56
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Magnussen has stopped on track - near pit entry. Yellow flags
02:54
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Vettel and Ricciardo have now set times. Perez and Maldonado still in garages
02:54
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Its getting busy now... replays show Kimi Raikkonen having a real wobble and Ericsson spins
02:52
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Magnussen posts the quickest time so far, 1:41.274. Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel and Ricciardo on track now...
02:50
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Nice Tweet from @Lotus_F1Team. Grosjean says: 'The car lacked forward motion on the straight.' You don't say!
02:49
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Vergne goes quickest for Toro Rosso on a 1:41.402
02:47
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Kvyat now in. Magnussen out on track. Replays show Vergne locking up and Gutierrez sliding.
02:46
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Kvyat now up to 7th. Fairly quiet out on track... - just 3 out (Kvyat, Vergne and Gutierrez)
02:43
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News in from @CaterhamF1 and bad news for Kobayashi fans: "5 laps in for @kamui_kobayashi but we've found a problem with his energy store so it's floor off to change it so he can run again in FP2..."
02:39
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Kvyat posts a time - puts him 12th (on a 1:43.841)
02:37
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Bottas has done the most laps so far, 10. Massa and Ericsson have both done 9.
02:35
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Kvyat has just left the pits
02:34
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Recap: 30 mins in, Alonso still top (1:41.923s) followed by Magnussen, Rosberg, Button, Hamilton, Vergne, Hulkenberg and Sutil. Bottas and Raikkonen complete top ten. 16 times on board. No times for Vettel and Ricciardo plus Grosjean, Maldonado, Perez and Kvyat
02:31
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Replays show Adrian Sutil spinning as he was heading back into the pits. Picks up some grass there...
02:30
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Well we remember - well done to @lUiS_GP74 for answering our trivia question. Top marks!
02:29
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No times as yet from the Red Bulls
02:27
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Car has been cleared under double yellows. Track status GREEN again. Alonso still top as we approach the end of the first third of the session. 15 drivers have set times.
02:25
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Grosjean has stopped out on track near Turn 10. Yellow flags
02:25
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Alonso responds and puts his Ferrari back on top (1:41.923s). Replays show Hamilton locking up. 14 times now on board
02:23
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Button now goes top in his McLaren on a 1:42.531
02:21
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Alonso now goes quickest for Ferrari. He is the first man below the 1:43 barrier (on a 1:42.930). 10 drivers have now set times.
02:20
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More drivers' setting times now. We are up to 7. Bottas from Massa
02:19
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Almost 20 minutes into the session now and we have 5 times on the board. Bottas is quickest on a 1:43.193
02:11
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All drivers have now done their installation laps. Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen have both done two runs in their McLarens
02:10
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Correction: Vettel has only just gone out
02:07
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Replays show Nico Rosberg having a nice slide their on the way back into the pits. He reports a problem with the car.
02:04
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Drivers all doing out-laps at moment. Romain Grosjean and the Red Bulls are the last to do their initial runs. No times posted as yet
02:00
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Session is GREEN. Fernando Alonso is first out for Ferrari
01:59
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So before the session starts, the answer to our trivia question was of course Juan Pablo Montoya. He posted a 1:34.223 lap back in 2004 in his Williams-BMW. Hope that wasn't too easy!
01:55
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Just 5 minutes to go now until practice gets underway...
01:52
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Quick trivia question - just for fun - who holds the lap record at Sepang? Let us know via Twitter and Facebook, or via the Comments section on Crash.net itself
01:50
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Pirelli has brought its two hardest compound tyres to Sepang - so, competitors will get to choose from the White medium tyre and the Orange hard
01:47
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Malaysia is of course round two in the 2014 FIA F1 World Championship and takes place at the Sepang International Circuit
01:47
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