Nick Heidfeld: "And then I will go around the outside of everybody at Turn 1." Michael Schumacher: "Yes, of course you will, Nick." Two German veterans chat during the pre-race driver parade
Is Sebastian 'P1-finger-pointer' Vettel predicting a fifth-place finish by showing his whole hand? Not likely: he's just walking with Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Jenson Button - almost in their grid formation
When somebody reminded these young ladies that the tropical Sepang circuit is surrounded by palms, they unfortunately got the wrong end of the stick. Or are they just showing their enthusiasm for the race to come?
A parade in traditional Malaysian costume made for a colourful sight on the grid at Sepang before the race started. Many of the crowd could have done with one of those fans in the sticky humidity
Button, Hamilton and their Malaysian grid girl have obviously seen something funny. Jenson has the bigger smile here, and it would be a similar story a couple of hours later after the race had finished
Officials for the Indian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to be held for the first time at a new circuit near New Delhi in October, were at Sepang. Here they get Red Bull's Mark Webber to sign an Indian flag
Rubens Barrichello has started more grands prix than anyone else in history, but his Malaysian race wasn't one he'll tell the grandchildren about. This puncture preceded retirement due to a hydraulics problem on his Williams
Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi is getting ever-better known for being in the thick of the Formula 1 action at all times. Here the Japanese gets mixed up in the throng at Turn One, before taking a final result of seventh place
Lotus were much more competitive in team principal Tony Fernandes's home country. But it was a disappointing race for veteran Jarno Trulli, who finally dropped out of the running with clutch failure
It was a riveting race, and with so many battles it was inevitably a nervous couple of hours for the mechanics. Here are the Ferrari boys, some of whom were called upon for emergency repairs to Alonso's car
After taking your fifth win from the past six Grands Prix, what could be more natural than doing an impression of a flamingo in parc ferme? Red Bull hero Sebastian Vettel shows that he is a man of many talents...
...before showing yet another skill on the podium. Here Vettel and runner-up Jenson Button use their champagne bottles to do a passable impression of a couple of trumpeters at a pageant, while slaking their thirst
And finally... Spare a thought for Vitaly Petrov. He was Renault's hero in Australia, but this time he exited the race after a scary leap across the grass, and a back-jarring incident when he landed. No wonder he's drained