2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race 15 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Sepang International Circuit
Layout of the Sepang International Circuit
Race details
Date 1 October 2017 (2017-10-01)
Official name 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.543 km (3.444 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.879 mi)
Weather Cloudy
Attendance 110,604[1]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:30.076
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Time 1:34.080 on lap 41 (lap record)
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Second Mercedes
Third Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

The 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix)[2] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 1 October 2017 at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia. The race marked the 37th running of the Malaysian Grand Prix, and the 19th time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the championship's inception in 1950, all World Championship events having been held at the Sepang International Circuit. This was also the last Malaysian Grand Prix, as the race had not been contracted for the 2018 season and beyond.[3]

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton entered the round with a 28-point lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the World Drivers' Championship. Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, a further 23 points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes held a lead of 102 points over Ferrari, with Red Bull Racing a further 143 points behind in third place.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

Reigning GP2 Series champion Pierre Gasly made his Formula One debut, replacing Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso.[4] The first free practice session saw several substitute drivers take part, including Sergey Sirotkin filling in for Nico Hülkenberg at Renault, Charles Leclerc replacing Marcus Ericsson at Sauber, Antonio Giovinazzi replacing Kevin Magnussen at Haas, and Sean Gelael taking the place of Carlos Sainz, Jr. at Toro Rosso.[5]

Free practice[edit]

The second free practice was red-flagged after Romain Grosjean crashed heavily at Turn 14. Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen dislodged a drain cover embedded in the apex of Turn 13. Grosjean, the next driver through, struck the cover which sliced into his rear wheel. This caused the rear tyre to immediately deflate as Grosjean put load onto the steering wheel, causing him to spin into the barrier on the outside of Turn 14.[6] The third practice session was concluded with Kimi Räikkönen fastest but his teammate Sebastian Vettel had an engine problem that required a replacement.[7]

Qualifying[edit]

Sebastian Vettel failed to set a time in Q1 as his replacement engine did not run properly meaning that he would start last on the grid. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a time of 1:30.076, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen.[8]

Race[edit]

Kimi Räikkönen pulled off the grid due to a power unit issue. Hamilton got off well and Ricciardo, Bottas and Verstappen behind. Verstappen overtook Hamilton for the lead on lap 4, and led until lap 28 when he pitted, leaving Ricciardo in the lead. Ricciardo then also pitted and Verstappen retook the lead. Coming into the last laps, Hamilton tried fighting back but Verstappen won comfortably to take his second win in his career, a year after his previous at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, Vettel came back from last to 4th through the field, almost overtaking Ricciardo in third.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.605 1:30.977 1:30.076 1
2 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:32.259 1:30.926 1:30.121 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:31.920 1:30.931 1:30.541 3
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:32.416 1:31.061 1:30.595 4
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.254 1:30.803 1:30.758 5
6 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:32.527 1:31.651 1:31.478 6
7 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1:32.838 1:31.848 1:31.582 7
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:32.586 1:31.778 1:31.607 8
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:32.768 1:31.484 1:31.658 9
10 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:33.049 1:32.010 1:31.704 10
11 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:32.267 1:32.034 11
12 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:32.576 1:32.100 12
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:33.000 1:32.307 13
14 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:32.650 1:32.402 14
15 10 France Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:32.547 1:32.558 15
16 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:33.308 16
17 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:33.434 17
18 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.483 18
19 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.970 19
107% time: 1:38.017
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari no time 201
Source:[9]
Notes
  • ^1  – Sebastian Vettel failed to set a time within the 107% requirement, but received permission from the stewards to start the race; he also received a 20-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.

Race[edit]

Verstappen overtakes Hamilton for the lead
Podium (L-R) Hamilton, Verstappen and Ricciardo
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 56 1:30:01.290 3 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 +12.770 1 18
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 56 +22.519 4 15
4 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 +37.362 20 12
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 56 +56.021 5 10
6 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 56 +1:18.630 9 8
7 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 55 +1 Lap 7 6
8 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 13 4
9 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 11 2
10 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 6 1
11 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 55 +1 Lap 10
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 17
13 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 16
14 10 France Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 55 +1 Lap 15
15 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 55 +1 Lap 12
16 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 55 +1 Lap 8
17 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 18
18 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 54 +2 Laps 19
Ret 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 29 Engine 14
DNS 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 0 Battery 1
Source:[10]
Notes

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "F1 reveals overall rise in 2017 attendance". GPupdate.net. JHED Media BV. 8 December 2017. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Malaysia". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  3. ^ The Associated Press (7 April 2017). "Formula One confirms Malaysian Grand Prix will cease after October race". 
  4. ^ "Pierre Gasly to drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso". Toro Rosso. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "2017 Malaysian Grand Prix – Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 September 2017. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "How Malaysian GP practice unfolded". BBC Sport. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Malaysia Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen top as Sebastian Vettel breaks down". BBC Sport. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Lewis Hamilton on pole as Sebastian Vettel starts at back in Malaysia". BBC Sport. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 


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