After a disastrous round in Singapore, Sebastian Vettel heads to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix on the back foot. The Ferrari ace trails Lewis Hamilton by 28 points following his start-line incident last time out. Sebastian faced similar situations to win the 2010 and 2012 championships, but with just six rounds remaining this year, a win on the Sepang International Circuit is crucial for the German driver.
Both Scuderia Ferrari and title rivals Mercedes will have reason to be confident this weekend. The circuit itself – full of long straights and fast-sweeping bends – will suit the German team’s W08, but at the same time Malaysia’s heat and humidity could play into the strengths of Ferrari’s SF70H car, as happened when Sebastian Vettel won this event back in 2015. As is so often the case however, thunderstorms and rain can’t be ruled out here. Indeed, the forecast suggests that it is highly unlikely that the race on Sunday will pass without rain.
Join us in the afternoon for the latest news, updates and results from the Sepang International Circuit as the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF70H ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for the win in the last race at Sepang.