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Malaysian Grand Prix : Formula 1 - LIVE


Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix, brought to you from the Sepang International Circuit.

Lewis Hamilton will be going for his first ever win in Malaysia from pole position - his second of the season. But both reigning world champion Sebastian Vettal and Australian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg start right behind him, while the unpredictability of the weather at Sepang is always a factor.

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  • News at a glance:
    • Rosberg jumps Vettel at the start, with Ricciardo also passing his team-mate
    • Raikkonen, Bianchi, Maldonado and Vergne all have early troubles; Perez doesn't make the start
    • Top-five: 1. Hamilton 2. Rosberg 3. Vettel 4. Alonso 5. Hulkenberg
    • RET: Perez, Maldonado, Bianchi, Vergne, Sutil, Gutierrez
    3/30/2014 7:13:51 AM
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix, brought to you from the Sepang International Circuit.
    3/30/2014 6:50:17 AM

  • 3/30/2014 6:51:51 AM
  • Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix, brought to you from the Sepang International Circuit. Thanks for getting up early - did you set your clock forward an hour? - and if Australia was anything to go by, we're in for an action packed race.
    3/30/2014 7:00:32 AM
  • A look at last year...
    The race was dominated by 'Multi-21', when Sebastian Vettel broke Red Bull's team orders to pass the now departed Mark Webber to snatch victory. Fernando Alonso suffered a dramatic front wing failure on the front straight that nearly took out Vettel, while Lewis Hamilton also benefited from team orders to finish third.
    3/30/2014 7:02:26 AM
  • Hightlights from last season's Malaysian Grand Prix

    3/30/2014 7:11:02 AM
  • Drivers' World Championship:
    1, Rosberg - 25 points
    2. Magnussen - 18
    3. Button - 15
    4. Alonso - 12
    5. Bottas - 10
    6. Hulkenberg - 8
    7. Raikkonen - 6
    8. Vergne - 4
    9. Kvyat - 2
    10. Perez - 1
    3/30/2014 7:19:04 AM
  • Your pre-race thoughts:

    3/30/2014 7:21:31 AM
  • Do we want a bit of rain to liven things up? It's become a common place for a massive rainstorm to hit the race since they moved the start time to later in the day, and accommodate those in the western world that don't particularly want to wake up at 3am to watch the race. Not that 7.30am felt any later. 
    3/30/2014 7:26:01 AM
  • Will pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton enjoy a better day than he did in Melbourne?

    3/30/2014 7:28:45 AM
  • A reminder of how they start the race:
    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Sebastian Vettel
    3. Nico Rosberg
    4. Fernando Alonso
    5. Daniel Ricciardo
    6. Kimi Raikkonen
    7. Nico Hulkenberg
    8. Kevin Magnussen
    9. Jean-Eric Vergne
    10. Jenson Button
    11. Daniil Kvyat
    12. Esteban Gutierrez
    13. Felipe Massa
    14. Sergio Perez
    15. Romain Grosjean
    16. Pastor Maldonado
    17. Pastor Maldonado
    18. Valteri Bottas19.
    19. Jules Bianchi
    20. Kamui Kobayashi
    21. Max Chiloton
    22. Markus Ericsson
    3/30/2014 7:33:26 AM
  • Early drama at the end of the pit-lane, as Sergio Perez readied himself for a practice start - only to grind to a halt. Luckily for the Force India driver, he was still within the end of the pit-lane, and the mechanics were able to retrieve him back to the garage. Looks like he might be starting from the pits though. We'll keep you updated.
    3/30/2014 7:36:38 AM
  • Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams pre-race

    3/30/2014 7:37:45 AM
  • All going according to plan down at Merc...

    3/30/2014 7:39:16 AM
  • Malaysian fans pay a lovely tribute to Michael Schumacher...

    3/30/2014 7:41:44 AM
  • A look at the pit-stop strategy we are likely to see today:

    3/30/2014 7:42:10 AM
  • Here's why Caterham's Marjus Ericsson will be starting from the back of the grid as he brought out the red flag in Q1.

    3/30/2014 7:43:37 AM
  • We understand that Perez is still in the garage, and will start from the pit-lane should they repair the problem.
    3/30/2014 7:45:17 AM
  • Quite a lot of confusion down on the grid, but we're meant to be having a minute's silence in tribute to the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight. However, things look ready to go, and all the drivers have made their way to the front of the grid along with Bernie Ecclestone to pay tribute to the 239 victims. We'll hear the Malaysian national anthem after the minute's silence.
    3/30/2014 7:47:23 AM
  • 3/30/2014 7:49:25 AM
  • Further news on Perez - his Force India is overheating and he is still in the pits. Christian Horner confirms that Ricciardo also has a similar issue, but they hope it will clear at the start of the race. Unreliability the key word in the 2014 paddock so far this season.
    3/30/2014 7:50:47 AM
  • 10 minutes until lights out! The grid is starting to clear as they drivers complete their final preparations. Who's your tip to take the chequered flag in (hopefully) 56 laps time?
    3/30/2014 7:52:02 AM
  • Kevin Eason brings up another factor in today's race - the tyres:

    3/30/2014 7:53:28 AM
  • Still no Perez at the end of the pit-lane. The Mexican's race could be done with before it even gets going.
    3/30/2014 7:54:30 AM
  • Are rumours of Vettel's downfall hugely exaggerated? The world champion starts in second.

    3/30/2014 7:56:36 AM
  • Williams pair Massa and Bottas trying to stay cool in the searing heat

    3/30/2014 7:58:17 AM
  • Adrian Sutil's engineer confirms that the entire grid is on options. We get a first look at everyone and it does look to be a options affair to start the race. Here we go with the warm-up lap.
    3/30/2014 8:00:27 AM
  • Sherlock Holmes is in attendance - actor Benedict Cumberbatch that is, as he is watching in the pits. Here come the cars back onto the grid. Tension building quickly, how many cars out by the second corner? Let's find out...
    3/30/2014 8:03:23 AM
  • 3/30/2014 8:03:37 AM
  • Lap 1: Lights out!
    3/30/2014 8:04:11 AM
  • Lap 1: Vettel tries to hold of Rosberg, but his attempt is unsuccessful as the Mercedes powers past the Red Bull. Ricciardo jumps Alonso in turn 1 and quickly mounts a challenge on his team-mate, moving into third place with a good move at turn 4. A lotus and Marussia collide at the same corner, and it looks like it could be Chilton. Perez is out of the car and out of the race.
    3/30/2014 8:06:31 AM
  • Lap 2: Magnussen runs into the back of Raikkonen as he tries to pass the Ferrari driver, and the Finn is suddenly slowing - he has a right-rear puncture. A massive blow for Ferrari. Bianchi comes into the pits with a flat left-rear, so it appears to be Chilton's team-mate who collided with the Lotus of Maldonado.
    3/30/2014 8:08:18 AM
  • Lap 3: Vergne is also into the pits with a sick-sounding Toro Rosso. Vettel dives under Ricciardo going into turn 1, while Magnussen replicates the move as he passes Massa for eighth. It's all action on the track right now.
    3/30/2014 8:10:31 AM
  • Lap 5: Gutierrez tries to hold of Kvyat into turn 1, but the Toro Rosso swoops underneath the Mexican into 11th. Five laps gone, so lets have a recap...
    3/30/2014 8:12:42 AM
  • Lap 5: 1. Hamilton 2. Rosberg 3. Vettel 4. Ricciardo 5. Alonso 6. Hulkenberg 7. Button 8. Magnussen 9. Massa 10. Bottas
    3/30/2014 8:14:09 AM
  • Lap 6: The stewards are investigating into Magnussen's rear-ending of Raikkonen. The Dane will likely get a penalty as he damaged his front wing on the Finn's rear tyre. Bianchi is the first driver to get a 5-second stop/go penalty for his collision on Maldonado, who in turn has been told to retire the car at the end of the lap. Bottas is also fuming with his team-mate Bottas: "Did you see?! He crashed me!" the Finn shouts down his radio.
    3/30/2014 8:17:39 AM
  • Lap 8: Once again, Ricciardo is having trouble with his fuel-flow meter - surely he won't be disqualified again? Hamilton now leads by five seconds, and the Briton is setting fastest lap after fastes lap, despite being warned about tyre degradation. Carefull lewis...
    3/30/2014 8:19:31 AM
  • Lap 9: Magnussen is the first to dive into the pits. Will he replace his damaged front wing? Yes he does, so it's a longer stop with a total time of 37.1 seconds, and that'll drop him down to 17th. Work to do once again for the McLaren driver. And he's instantly hit with a five-second stop/go penalty. Ouch.
    3/30/2014 8:22:27 AM
  • Lap 11: Kvyat dives into the pits from 11th, and he may be one to watch later in the race in the battle for the top 10.
    3/30/2014 8:23:46 AM
  • Lap 11: Alonso pits at the end of the eleventh lap. A very smooth stop - and he comes out behind the Lotus of Grosjean in 13th.
    3/30/2014 8:25:01 AM
  • Lap 12: Alonso makes light work of the Lotus, coasting past Grosjean in turn 3 where the cars should be at full throttle. I say should, because the Lotus clearly wasn't. Ricciardo pits, will he get the undercut on Vettel? The Australian is pipped by Alonso, but the Australian doesn't give up and powers back past in turn 2.
    3/30/2014 8:26:59 AM
  • Lap 14: Here comes Vettel, and he could be in danger of losing out to both Ricciardo and Alonso. The German leaves the pit as Button enters, and Vettel is behind Bottas but crucially ahead of the pair he is dicing with.
    3/30/2014 8:28:38 AM
  • Lap 15: Rosberg pits from second, and it's a straight-forward in and out stop. He's safely out ahead of Vettel after a 2.5s stop. Quick stuff from the Merc crew. Hamilton is given the message to pit at the end of the lap.
    3/30/2014 8:30:26 AM
  • Lap 15: A worrying sign for Hamilton's rivals, as a graphic shows he's used less fuel than the rest of the top five. He's in th epits, and Hulkenberg takes the lead having not pitted yet.
    3/30/2014 8:31:55 AM
  • Lap 16: Lewis makes short work of Hulkenberg - the Force india simply has no grip compared to the Mercedes on fresh tires. Still, some lovely air time for the Force India sponsors. In comes the German for some fresh boots.
    3/30/2014 8:33:41 AM
  • Lap 17: Some entertaining battles down the field, as Ericsson and Vergne push each other wide, with Raikkonen benefitting as he passes the latter. Ericsson keeps him at bay, but the Ferrari is on the attack.
    3/30/2014 8:36:16 AM
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