First practice in Sepang was dominated by a terrifying fire outside the Renault garage. Kevin Magnussen completed just two installation laps before his car burst into flames. He leapt out and allowed the mechanics to move in with fire extinguishers, but they couldn’t get the fire to stay out. The session was red flagged for twenty minutes until the blaze could be brought under control.
It feels odd to start thinking about the Malaysian Grand Prix at this late stage in the championship. Previously a mainstay in the early rounds of any given season, Sepang has taken up hosting duties in September/October this year, although expectations are still that weather will play a big part in the race weekend. The title battle is still raging between the two Mercedes drivers, and there's plenty to play for in the midfield, so this could be a fascinating weekend.
The FIA have revealed the 2017 Formula One calendar, which is very similar to this year’s offering, featuring 21 races across nine months. The action gets underway later than normal with Australia opening up the season on March 26, and Abu Dhabi closing proceedings on November 26. The summer break is still firmly in place with most of August free of racing.
As the drivers start preparing for the Malaysian Grand Prix, it's time to hand out a few points for actions I've spotted over the last few days. This time out, we've got some tricky questions in another Grill the Grid quiz, plus a driver answering his own Twitter Q&A with some important updates. Meanwhile, there's also more of the training battle, with a variety of different sports and activities on display.
Romain Grosjean found himself unable to start the Singapore Grand Prix, failing to even make it to the grid on Sunday. That was the end of a really brutal weekend for the Haas driver, which included two separate crashes on Friday and Saturday, and then a brake-by-wire issue on the Sunday that kept him in the garage while the rest of the field was racing.
As far back as the origins of motorsport women have played a small but determined part despite the prevailing mindset that it isn't a place for them. In 1921 Italian Maria Antonietta d’Avanzo came third in a ‘gentleman’s’ race, and ‘ladies’ races were not uncommon. In the 1920s and 1930s a significant amount of rally drivers were women, far more than today. Pat Moss, sister of F1 great Sir Stirling Moss, had three rallying wins and a number of podium finishes and in 1958 Maria Teresa de Fillippis was the first of five women to ever take part in a Formula One event.
With the sport turned on its head following news of Liberty Media's takeover, we track down Joe between long haul flights to grab his thoughts on all matters Formula 1. We discuss who's been wandering around as if they own the place, saying goodbye to a ghastly bunch of people and why working together makes things better. Plus there's talk about pushing revenue upwards, the demolition of pay television and squeezing just a few more races into the calendar.
However you think the title fight has gone so far this year, you have to say that Rosberg has clearly delivered when Hamilton hasn’t been at the races. Be it in Australia or Azerbaijan, Nico has put in a perfect performance to guarantee the most damage possible to his title rival. Singapore delivered a twist, as it usually does but the German was up to the challenge.
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