After a week off, it is back to the action with the season nearing to the end. The race heads to Sepang, Malaysia with only six races remaining. It will be an emotional weekend for the people of Petronas – with the Malaysian Grand Prix hosting its final race in 2017.
This comes after the future of the circuit had been under threat due to rising hosting fees and declining ticket sales. The deal was set to expire next season, but looks like the deal will end a year early.
It will be a difficult race for the drivers with the weather being unpredictable – either hot or thundershowers being expected during the main race on Sunday. Looking at the history of the Malaysian GP, it has not been one of Lewis Hamilton’s best races to race at. The current leader of the Championship has won once in his career since he started racing in Formula 1 which transpired three seasons ago. Moreover, last season things didn’t go either; failing to finish the race. His car had an engine failure – ultimately, costing him the title; losing to his former teammate and current Champion, Niko Roseberg.
Hamilton will be buoyed after an important win a fortnight ago in Singapore when rival and Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, did not finish the race – taking an unascendable lead of 28 points on the drivers’ Standings with only six races to go. For Vettel, he’ll want to forget all that happened a fortnight ago and look forward to the race. From all the current drivers, the latter has an impressive record of four wins (2010,2011,2013 and 2015), one better over counterpart, Fernando Alonso who has three wins (2005,2007 and 2012).
Looking at last season’s race, team Red Bull were victories finishing one and two on the podium as Daniel Ricciardo won the race – with teammate, Max Verstappen finishing in second – whilst Nico Roseberg finished in third place. The Red Bull duo will hope to continue from where they left off, as the racing circuit suits them quite better than the rest of the drivers.
Anything can happen, which promises to be a great race on Sunday afternoon. Practice 1 and 2 will take place on Friday and Saturday respectively – with the main race being held on Sunday afternoon.
Author: Takalani Lufhugu