Top ten pictures from the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.

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Drivers, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Drivers, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

After 19 visits to the Sepang International Circuit, F1 bade farewell to Malaysia.

Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Sepang is a tough place for your first race – even more so when there’s a problem with your drinks bottle. Nonetheless Pierre Gasly battled through to finish.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

On a weekend when they could have finished one-two, Ferrari had a disaster. Sebastian Vettel had already lined up at the back of the grid due to a power unit problem in qualifying when another fault meant Kimi Raikkonen had to abandon his car on the grid and couldn’t even start.

Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein and Sebastian Vettel

Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Sebastian Vettel, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Here’s what a drag race between a current-specification Ferrari power unit and a 12-month-old one looks like.

Start

Start, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Start, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Raikkonen’s absence meant Lewis Hamilton had the front row to himself and he led the field to turn one without trouble.

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa, Williams, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Felipe Massa, Williams, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Felipe Massa turned into to the second corner and found a pair of Force Indias there. The resulting contact left him with damage and gave Esteban Ocon a puncture.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Hamilton saw Max Verstappen coming and, with one eye on the championship, decided to let him go.

Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Fernando Alonso was not at all impressed with Kevin Magnussen’s attempt to keep him behind. “Hulkenberg is right,” declared Alonso on the radio, referring to the Renault driver’s description of Magnussen as “the most unsporting driver”.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Verstappen had retired from half of the races before the Malaysian Grand Prix, but for once his car held together and he took his second career grand prix victory.

Sebastian Vettel and Pascal Wehrlein

Sebastian Vettel, Pascal Wehrlein, Sepang International Circuit, 2017
Sebastian Vettel, Pascal Wehrlein, Sepang International Circuit, 2017

Following a bizarre post-race collision with Lance Stroll, Vettel hopped onto Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber for a lift back to the pits. He took his steering wheel with him but avoided a penalty.

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