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Malaysian Grand Prix: Full coverage

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Maurice's Memories: Malaysian Grand Prix (2:31)

Maurice Hamilton recalls a special day for Fernando Alonso back in 2003. (2:31)

The 19th Malaysian Grand Prix is set to be the last at Sepang for the forseeable future, having fallen off the F1 calendar for 2018. This year it will host the 15th round of this year's title fight, with Lewis Hamilton arriving 28 points in front of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' fight.

Race Reaction

Who said what after the Malaysian GP
ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Sepang paddock following qualifying for the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Bottas: This is the most difficult spell of my career
After finishing 40 seconds behind teammate Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia, Valtteri Bottas gave a frank assessment of his recent struggles saying he needs to turn it around quickly otherwise "it won't be good for anyone".

Virus-hit Perez completes hardest race of career
Sergio Perez says he was relieved to finish the Malaysian Grand Prix, a race he labelled as the hardest of his Formula One career, after battling a virus throughout the weekend.

Raikkonen: Engine issue wasted big opportunity
What was already a horror weekend for Ferrari turned calamitous when Kimi Raikkonen was unable to make the Malaysian Grand Prix race start with a suspected engine failure.

Verstappen took 'extra risk' in passing Hamilton for Malaysia win
Max Verstappen says he took a more aggressive approach than normal in passing Lewis Hamilton for the lead in Malaysia because he knew the championship leader would not put up a fight.

Hamilton: I didn't put up a fight against Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton says he had the title fight in mind when Max Verstappen caught him in the opening stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix, a race he doubts Mercedes had a chance of winning on raw pace.

Ricciardo: Start cost Red Bull a potential one-two finish
Daniel Ricciardo says losing out to a fast-starting Valtteri Bottas in the run to Turn 1 potentially cost Red Bull a one-two finish in Malaysia.

Vettel blames Stroll for 'unnecessary' post-race collision
Sebastian Vettel believes Lance Stroll was at fault for their bizzare post-Malaysian Grand Prix collision, adding the Williams driver did not look where he was going.

Race

Report: Verstappen beats Hamilton for Malaysia win, Vettel fourth
Max Verstappen's streak of horrendous luck has finally come to an end with the Dutchman claiming the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while Sebastian Vettel turned in a thrilling recovery drive from last to fourth.

Story of the Race: Ferrari headaches pile up as Verstappen wins on merit
ESPN rounds up the main talking points from the Malaysian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen secured the second win of his career and Lewis Hamilton took another solid step towards a fourth world title.

Qualifying

Qualifying report: Hamilton takes Malaysia pole, Vettel to start last
Sebastian Vettel's quest for a fifth world championship took a monumental nosedive as title-rival Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth straight pole position in Malaysia, edging Kimi Raikkonen by 0.046s.

Story of qualifying: Hamilton capitalises on another disastrous day for Ferrari
ESPN rounds up the main talking points from qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel's championship challenge suffered another major setback.

Driver reaction: Who said what after qualifying for the 2017 Malaysian GP
ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Sepang paddock following qualifying for the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mercedes explains decision to split aero packages
After struggling for performance during Friday practice, Mercedes opted to run different aerodynamic packages on its two cars during qualifying at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo: 'Conservative' Mercedes could help Red Bull in Malaysia
Daniel Ricciardo believes a potentially 'conservative' mindset from polesitter Lewis Hamilton could open the door for Red Bull to fight for victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton surprised himself with Malaysia pole lap
After a restless Friday night, Lewis Hamilton admits he was not expecting to find enough time to claim pole for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel: 'It's very bitter but that's motor racing'
Sebastian Vettel described his engine problems in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix as a bitter blow to his championship hopes, but is confident he can recover to fight with the leading cars in Sunday's race.

Kimi on start: 'I just don't want to be hit'
Kimi Raikkonen wants to avoid a repeat of the first-lap carnage that ended his race in Singapore as he looks to challenge Lewis Hamilton for victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Lauda: Pole down to Lewis, not Mercedes car
Niki Lauda says Lewis Hamilton's pole lap for the Malaysian Grand Prix was down to his skill as a driver rather than the tweaks Mercedes made to his car ahead of qualifying.

Vettel set to start last after qualifying engine issue
Sebastian Vettel is set to start from the back of the grid at the Malaysian Grand Prix after failing to set a qualifying time due to an engine problem.

'Massive' Red Bull pressure helped Gasly in qualifying debut
Toro Rosso debutant Pierre Gasly believes he was well prepared for his first-ever Formula One qualifying session following years of "massive" pressure placed on him by Red Bull.

Verstappen: I'm due a good Sunday
Max Verstappen is hoping he can finally capitalise on a strong Saturday performance after qualifying third fastest for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Final Practice

Raikkonen quickest as Ferrari stays ahead in FP3
Ferrari continued to hold the edge over Red Bull and Mercedes ahead of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix after Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets in final practice.

Friday Practice

Vettel tops shortened Friday practice as Mercedes struggle
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix after Mercedes struggled to match title rivals Ferrari on Friday.

Verstappen tops rain-interrupted FP1 in Malaysia
Heavy rain halted proceedings for much of the first practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix before Max Verstappen ensured Red Bull finished the on the top of the timesheets when the chequered flag fell.

Loose drain causes heavy Grosjean crash in FP2
Romain Grosjean walked away unscathed from a heavy and alarming crash caused by a loose drain cover in second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Steiner: Loose drain unacceptable on modern circuit
Haas boss Guenther Steiner said the incident which saw his team's driver Romain Grosjean crash out of FP2 in Sepang "shouldn't happen" on a modern-day race circuit.

Build-up

Alonso punched hole in wall after Singapore DNF
Fernando Alonso remains convinced he could have claimed his "biggest achievement of the last decade" in Singapore if he had not been caught up in the first-corner incident which took him out of contention.

Hamilton shows support to NFL anthem protest
Lewis Hamilton says he supports athletes using their sport to make a political statement, adding that he identifies with recent protests made by players in the NFL.

Kubica admits comeback hopes now 'very slight'
Robert Kubica's chances of completing a remarkable comeback to Formula One appear to be fizzling out.

Vettel: Singapore clash won't change my mindset
Sebastian Vettel will not be adopting a more conservative approach to race starts despite the dramatic Singapore Grand Prix clash which shifted the championship momentum towards title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton certain Vettel will be stronger after Singapore
Lewis Hamilton is expecting title rival Sebastian Vettel to come back stronger after the events of the Singapore Grand Prix two weeks ago.

How Ocon helped Gasly ditch football for racing
F1 debutant Pierre Gasly has fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon and his family to thank for giving him his first taste of motorsport some 15 years ago.

Ricciardo: Red Bull will struggle to win again in 2017
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull doesn't have the pace to win another race in 2017 unless rain or a strategic miracle played into their hands.

Gasly sorry F1 chance came at Kvyat's expense
Pierre Gasly believes Daniil Kvyat, the man he is replacing in order to make his Formula One debut in Malaysia this weekend, has the talent to remain on the grid long term.

Preview

Has Vettel blown his shot at the title?
A look at whether Sebastian Vettel can get back in the title fight at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix -- the last race to be held at the Sepang International Circuit.

Memory lane: 19 years of the Malaysian Grand Prix
The 2017 edition of the Malaysian Grand Prix marks the 19th and final race in Sepang. ESPN looks back on the most memorable and iconic races.

Video

Verstappen gets everything right
Jonathan Legard discusses a faultless performance from Max Verstappen in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Do Mercedes have anything to worry about?
With Valtteri Bottas' poor form continuing, Jonathan Legard discusses whether Mercedes need to be worried about losing ground in the Constructors Championship.

Ferrari falling off championship race?
Jonathan Legard discusses another poor performance from Ferrari that sees them lose even more ground to Mercedes.

Social story of the Malaysian GP
Check out all of the social media reaction surrounding the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Ferrari's disastrous September continues
ESPN's Nate Saunders discusses all of the latest news from qualifying at the Malaysian Grand Prix where Lewis Hamilton claimed pole.

Maurice's Memories: Malaysian Grand Prix
Maurice Hamilton recalls a special day for Fernando Alonso back in 2003

Prost: Vettel never gives up
Alain Prost believes Sebastian Vettel is still very much a contender for the F1 title.

Prost: Hamilton not motivated by records
Four-time Formula One world champion Alain Prost believes Lewis Hamilton is in a unique situation given his lifestyle at Mercedes.

The Pit Stop: Will we see Palmer next year?
Byron Young and Jennie Gow tackle your questions ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Can Ferrari get their championship back on track?
At look at what Ferrari must do to revive Sebastian Vettel's challenge for the drivers' championship.

What next for Daniil Kvyat?
With Pierre Gasly set to make his F1 debut for Toro Rosso, Jennie Gow and Byron Young discuss what's next for Daniil Kvyat's career.

Will F1 miss racing in Malaysia?
With Sepang set to drop off this year's calendar, ESPN looks at the cirucit's characteristics and whether