Malaysian Grand Prix as it happened

Fernando Alonso wins the Malaysian Grand Prix in wet conditions, with Sauber's Sergio Perez second and Lewis Hamilton third.

25 March 2012 Last updated at 17:27

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  1. 1320: 

    We'll be back in three weeks' time to bring you live coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. There will be live video of both Friday practice sessions on 13 April on this very website and the Red Button. Jake and the boys will then be live on BBC One at 0600 BST for qualifying on 14 April before live coverage of the race on 15 April from 0700 BST. Have a super Easter and see you on the other side.

  2. 1315: 

    Time for me to depart and bring this epic 10,000 word live text commentary to a close. Thanks for your company and contributions - you were fantastic as always. I'm off to get some breakfast or I guess it should be lunch now. Don't forget the race highlights on BBC One at 1445 BST. It really is worth a watch.

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    From Thomas Harrison-Lord on Twitter: "Brilliant race, it felt like watching 3 races combined into one. Perfect timing for a drive like that Perez, Ferrari calling."

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    From Marcus: "Taking nothing away from a fantastic drive by Sergio Perez, but in response to Joshua's comment, it could be argued that the car he is currently driving is faster than the Ferrari."

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    From Clarence Peterson on Twitter: "Brilliant result for Perez...if he hadn't gone wide at turn 13, it would of been him in first place! Congrats to Lewis & Alonso too!"

  6. 1302: 

    Though Fernando Alonso was clearly delighted with his 28th career victory - which moves him ahead of Sir Jackie Stewart in the all-time list and behind only Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell - the Spaniard was blunt in his assessment that ultimately, it changes nothing. "This win will make us very happy but it doesn't change our determination to improve the car," said the Spaniard. "We're in a position we don't want - fighting to get to Q3 and take points."

  7. 1256: 

    Over in the constructors' championship,McLaren extend their lead over Red Bull at the top of the standings to 13 points with Ferrari now third, a further seven points behind. The big movers are Williams who shoot up to seventh overall, courtesy of Bruno Senna's sixth place. Those eight points are more than the Oxfordshire-based team scored in the whole of the 2011 season and underlines their strong early season pace.

  8. 1250: 

    We have a new man at the top of the drivers' standings for the second successive race in the form of Fernando Alonso. He leads on 35 points, five clear of Lewis Hamilton with Jenson Button a futher five points back. Mark Webber is fourth, leapfrogging his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the first time since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2010. Sergio Perez is fifth, on 22 points with Vettel sixth on 18.

  9. 1245: 

    You would be crazy not to watch the race highlights show which airs on BBC One at 1445 BST. That'll have the best bits from the race - of which there were many - plus some comprehensive analysis. Then I suggest watching it again on BBC iPlayer to see the overtakes, spins and pure brilliance that you will have missed the first time round. If ever we needed an advert for epic Formula 1 racing, this was it.

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    Jean-Eric Vergne, who finished eighth to score his first F1 points: "To go from 18th on the grid to eighth and in the points at the end is great. I plan to keep improving step by step. After these two opening races, the overall performance has been quite good and I feel we can make progress in China starting from this good base line."

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    From Amina Shivarn on Twitter: "I think we can all agree that the driver of the day was Sergio Perez. Well done, hope Ferrari stand up and take notice of his talent."

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    From Hannah O'Donovan on Twitter: "Great drives from Perez and Senna! Well done Lewis and the Kimster, gutted for JB."

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    From Matt Ashman on Twitter: "So happy for Ferrari, just the boost they need, well done to Sauber. Solid race! Also well done to Kimi, one to watch!"

  14. 1230: 

    Today was Peter Sauber's best ever result as team boss - not including the four years the team as BMW Sauber when he wasn't in charge. Sauber saved the team - which has carried his name since he entered the sport in 1993 - when BMW pulled out at the end of 2009. This result will go a long way to making all that hard work worth it.

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    Sauber on Twitter: "We are proud, yes we are!"

  16. 1226: 

    While we wait to hear more from the main protagonists, let me point you in the direction of Andrew Benson's report which does a super job in covering off everything that happened in that frantic race. We'll be clipping up the best video moments and interviews, too, so keep an eye out on bbc.co.uk/f1 throughout the day.

  17. 1220: 

    Wow. What a start to the season we've had so far. Australia was exciting, but Malaysian smashed that out of the water with one of the most enthralling races I've seen in years. We had a shock victory from a team who have received a hammer for building a disappointing car, a glimpse at the talent of a future world champion and a staggering nine different constructors' scoring points.

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    From Joshua McCallan on Twitter: "Ferrari have to take notice of Perez's performance - give that boy the right car and he will win championships!"

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    From Sam Woodcock on Twitter: "What race by Perez! Kinda disappointed that he came 2nd should of won it! Special mention to Bruno Senna good drive in 6th."

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    From Simon in Uppingham: "Well done Lewis. Just keep on ticking along like this with consistent podiums and the championship will be yours."

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    From Ian Bassett on Twitter: "Nine different teams scoring points! The only team scoring twice being Force India? Couldn't have made that result up."

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    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso: "I think [the win] changes nothing. We are in a position that we don't want. We don't want to be fighting to go into Q3 and for points. The goal was not to lose many points. We did the job trackside. So this is a positive news but coming to China, Bahrain and China there is a lot of stuff coming to the car and this is the real job to do. We are very united and this win will make us very happy. But it doesn't change our determination to improve the car and to keep winning."

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    Lewis Hamilton, who finished third: "It think we can be satisfied. Fernando and Sergio drove fantastically today and it was very tough to catch them. We would have liked to have more points this weekend but I can't complain as I'm on the podium for the second weekend in a row. I was able to stay out of trouble with the conditions. We did a great job."

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    Sergio Perez, who finished second: "[Was the win possible?] I think so. I was catching Fernando towards end of the race. I knew I had to get him soon because in all the high speed corners I was losing my front tyres running behind him. Then I ran wide in the quick left hander. I touched the kerb and I went onto the dirty side of the track. It was completely wet and I lost the win. Today the win was possible. The team have done an incredible job. They called me [into the pits] always at the right time. Unfortunately Fernando pitted one lap earlier than us towards the end and he opened some gap. The pace was fantastic. I have to say many thanks to the team."

  25.  

    Fernando Alonso, who finished first: "A big surprise today the win. We were not competitive in Australia or here. Our goal was to score as many points as possible. An unbelievable result, a great job from the team. We maximised the potential in our hands. Keeping calm in some strange conditions at the begin with inters and the switching to dry tyres. The team deserve this win. It's a tough time for us at the moment but this is a Sunday we will remember."

  26. 1204: 

    The top three boys have made it into the press conference. Here's what they had to say...

  27. 1202: 

    Fernando Alonso gets going with champagne spraying, but he ensures he leaves enough for a quick swig at the end. He deserves it, too. That win means he now leads the drivers' championship. BBC co-commentator David Coulthard says: "Ferrari are back."

  28.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "And breathe. What a race, what a result, two absolutely stunning drives and more down the field."

  29. 1159: 

    I do love the sound of the Italian national anthem. It's got a nice ring to it. Fernando Alonso bobs his head along and then gratefully receives his rather lovely trophy for victory. He has now won this event in a Renault, McLaren and now Ferrari. Sergio Perez is absolutely delighted, and why wouldn't be be? Storming drive from the Mexican. I predict big things for him. Lewis Hamilton looks slightly happier than he did last week, too.

  30.  
    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "This is all down to the brilliance of Alonso, the tactical brilliance of Ferrari - no one is saying this car is a world beater."

  31. 1157: 

    So while the top three make their way to the podium, the top 10 is as follows: Alonso, Perez, Hamilton, Webber, Raikkone, Senna, Di Resta, Vergne, Hulkenberg and Schumacher.

  32.  

    Former Ferrari driver and three-time world champion Niki Lauda on Ferrari's win: "I never thought this would happen. This will relieve [Ferrari president] Luca di Montzemolo as the first race was awful. The weather conditions helped Alonso. It was a perfect drive and for me he is one of the strongest drivers in these conditions."

  33. 1156: 

    The Ferrari and Italian flags are out as the Ferrari team congregate at the bottom the podium. I suspect there will be one hell of a party in the Ferrari hospitality tonight. That's their first victory since the British Grand Prix last year.

  34. 1152: 

    Lewis Hamilton is the first man over to Sergio Perez to congratulate him. The Mexican then jumps out of his car and flies over to his team. Warm embraces all round. Fernando Alonso then pulls up under the podium and stands on his nose with his arms out wide. The Spaniard heads over to his team and then grabs Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicalli for a hug. His team chief say, "I'm proud, proud, proud of you" to his Spanish charge.

  35.  

    Peter Sauber comes on the team radio and tells Perez: "Thank you, thank you very much." BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen adds: "Peter Sauber is in tears. His 22-year-old Mexican driver has a podium in only his second season. Ferrari boss will have seen the performance of Perez and will also now be thinking about Perez's performance."

  36.  
    LAP 56

    There are tears all round at Ferrari as they embrace each other on a quite remarkable victory. The team radio Fernando Alonso saying: "This is one of the most beautiful races."

  37.  
    THAT'S INCREDIBLE!LAP 56

    Sergio Perez finished second, out-scoring his total points gained in 2011 in just one race here, for his first podium. The Mexican collected 14 points last season with his best result being eighth in Japan. It's also the first time a Mexican has made it onto the podium in 41 years.

  38.  
    CHEQUERED FLAGLAP 56

    FERNANDO ALONSO WINS THE MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

  39.  
    LAP 55

    Sebastian Vettel has been told by the team that they are going to retire the car from 11th position. But seconds later, they tell him to stay out. And then a few more seconds later, they say "emergency, stop the car." Make your mind up lads.

  40.  
    LAP 55

    Just when it looked like Pastor Maldonado was going to get his first points of the season, smoke bellows out of the back of that Renault engine. More late race misery for the Venezuelan. That promotes Michael Schumacher up into 10th and a point.

  41.  
    LAP 54

    Sergio Perez is consistently taking three tenths out of Fernando Alonso, but I don't think they'll be time to catch the Spaniard. Mark Webber is catching Lewis Hamilton for the final podium place. If the result stays like this, the Australian will move ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the standings. Vettel is still circulating, but he's running in a lonely 12th after that puncture.

  42.  
    LAP 54

    Pastor Maldonado is battling with Nico Hulkenberg for ninth place. While they squabble, Michael Schumacher closes on both of them. He can sniff a few points. But after starting third, the German will feel it could have been so much more.

  43.  
    LAP 52

    While Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez have been battling up front, Bruno Senna has quietly made his way up to an impressive sixth place. He's now hunting down the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen who himself is having a great race. Jean-Eric Vergne is also in line for his first F1 points in ninth.

  44.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "The team did a fantastic strategy to put Sergio Perez on the right tyres at the right moment but for me that's it. He has to be happy with second now."

  45.  
    LAP 51

    We've been robbed of a close finish. Sergio Perez makes a mistake and goes off track. He recovers but he's now over five seconds behind Fernando Alonso.

  46.  
    LAP 50

    Sauber team radio for Sergio Perez: "Checo be careful, we need this position. Be careful."

  47.  
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    James Stevenson on Twitter: "I thought it was all over but Sergio Perez is coming again. Fastest lap after fastest lap from the Mexican. Go go go!!!"

  48.  
    LAP 50

    Sergio Perez has a peak at Fernando Alonso into Turn 1, but he's not close enough. The Sauber tucks back in and lets his Kers reboot before having another stab next time around.

  49.  
    LAP 49

    Fernando Alonso is struggling with his tyres. Sergio Perez has closed to within a second. With seven laps to go, this is building up to a remarkable climax. The Spaniard is really having to position his car well.

  50.  
    LAP 48

    HRT are in the mix again but for the wrong reasons again. Sebastian Vettel hits the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan and gets a left rear puncture. The rubber is flying all over the place. Vettel sticks his hand of the cockpit and waves it furious. That's his chance of points gone out the window.

  51.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "The rain is getting heavier - I'm using my 'puddle tracker' to keep an eye on how heavy it's getting. It's light rain at this stage."

  52.  
    LAP 48

    A new fastest lap for that man Sergio Perez. I'm shivering with excitement. The gap now down to 1.9 seconds. You can see the gap - it's hardly anything. This 21-year-old Mexican is having the drive of his life.

  53.  
    LAP 47

    It's another seven tenths for Sergio Perez on this lap. Gap now down to 3.9 seconds. Further down the field, Jenson Button passes Nico Rosberg for 15th. Mark Webber is flying, too, closing the gap on Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

  54.  

    Sauber team radio for Sergio Perez: "Your are very quick, Checo [Perez's nickname] - doing very well. You are very quick."

  55.  
    LAP 47

    BBC co-commentator David Coulthard says the rain is getting hard. Sergio Perez doesn't care. Those hard tyres are still working brilliantly. He's taken another second out of Fernando Alonso. He can see the Ferrari driver in his sights. Sauber have never won a grand prix in 327 starts. Could this be the day Peter Sauber, arguably the friendliest man in the paddock, finally breaks his duck?

  56.  
    LAP 46

    Sergio Perez is back on the move. The Sauber driver takes two seconds out of Fernando Alonso. That gap is now down to 5.7 seconds. There's life in this race yet. BBC co-commentator David Coulthard says he can see drops of rain falling again. Ten laps to go.

  57.  
    LAP 45

    If things stay like this, Fernando Alonso would take the lead of the drivers' world championship. What. A. Turnaround.

  58.  
    LAP 44

    So Fernando Alonso leads by 7.7 seconds from Sergio Perez. Lewis Hamilton is third ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen and Paul di Resta. Jenson Button is down in 16th and not going anywhere. He's lapping similarly to those around him.

  59.  
    LAP 43

    Lewis Hamilton is going to be fuming. His stop is delayed at the team struggle to get what looks like masking tape of the front right.

  60.  
    LAP 42

    It's not enough. Fernando Alonso regains the lead easily with Sergio Perez comes back out in a comfortable second. The Sauber driver has gone for the hard tyre.

  61.  
    LAP 41

    Sergio Perez pits from the lead. This is it, then. Has the gamble paid of?

  62.  
    LAP 41

    Daniel Ricciardo is the fastest man on the track. The Toro Rosso driver was the first man to pit for slick tyres. Unfortunately, he's down in 17th.

  63.  
    THAT'S INCREDIBLE!LAP 40

    Fernando Alonso is in the pits but Sergio Perez has decided to stay out. Will the Sauber driver try to stay out to the end? What a story this would be. What a gamble from the Mexican. Elsewhere, Jenson Button is in for a new set of tyres, as is Mark Webber who has gone for a set of hard tyres.

  64.  
    LAP 40

    Ferrari have pitted Felipe Massa for a set of soft tyres. Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez have stayed out for another lap. Gap now 1.3 seconds.

  65.  
    LAP 39

    Toro Rosso have blinked. Daniel Ricciardo dives into the pits for a set of dry tyres. That'll be good news for Ferrari as they can assess how he performs on those boots and then make a judgement as to whether to pit Fernando Alonso. Sergio Perez closes again. He's 2.3 seconds behind. Wow.

  66.  
    LAP 38

    Sergio Perez is showing his ability to look after his tyres beautifully. While Fernando Alonso has taken life out of his tyres, Perez is finding he still has life in his. The Mexican fancies victory here - a first for him and a first for Sauber I might add. The gap now down to 3.2.

  67.  
    BBC F1 commentator Ben Edwards

    "Fernando Alonso still leads but another second has been gained by Sergio Perez: he's now only four seconds behind race leader Alonso."

  68.  
    LAP 37

    The teams are in a predicament. The intermediate tyres are starting to fade badly, but if they pit for slicks and the suspected rain appears, their race is ruined.

  69.  
    LAP 37

    Mark Webber'steam radio: "It's really touch a go with the rain now, Mark. It's close."

  70.  
    LAP 36

    Up front, we've got a tasty battle forming at the front. Sergio Perez is clocking fastest lap after fastest lap and has no reduced the deficit to Fernando Alonso to 4.8 seconds. Great stuff from the Mexican. Further back, Felipe Massa is going backwards as Daniel Ricciardo gets by for 17th.

  71.  
    LAP 35

    Job done. Felipe Massa can hold Jenson Button no longer. The McLaren is on the outside going into Turn 1, but he holds his nerve and finds himself on the inside of Turn 2. Great clean racing from both drivers as Button gets great traction and pulls away to complete the move. Next up is Vitaly Petrov.

  72.  
    LAP 34

    BBC commentator Ben Edwards points out that we're still around 15 seconds away from dry weather pace. Various teams are reporting rain is not too far away, but there's no sign yet. Great battle between Felipe Massa and Jenson Button for 16th and 17th. The McLaren driver is all over the back of the Ferrari but Massa won't give in. The front wing of Jenson Button gets perilously close to Massa's rear wheel but the two don't touch.

  73.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Conditions are clearly changing - Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest lap by a good half second. But there might be the situation soon where the drivers all change to slicks when it drys up, only for another shower to come."

  74.  
    LAP 32

    Jenson Button is on the move. He passes Timo Glock and Daniel Ricciardo for 17th place. Next man is Felipe Massa who is 1.1 seconds up the road. Sergio Perez is on a charge. The Sauber man has just taken one second out of Fernando Alonso's lead to reduce it to 6.7 seconds. Could the Ferrari be struggling on those tyres?

  75.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Fernando Alonso is trying to get as far as possible on these intermediate tyres. He's still heading the race with a good margin and no-one's much faster than him other than Jenson Button who's a long way back. We know the Ferrari eats up dry weather tyres quickly, so I think he needs to do another four or five laps."

  76.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "What a remarkable story this would be if Fernando Alonso were to maintain this position. If looked like Ferrari had designed a dog but clearly in these conditions the car is just coming alive."

  77.  
    LAP 31

    Fernando Alonso is now the fastest man out on track. In these conditions, the car is working perfectly and the Spaniard is at his brilliant best. He now leads by 7.7 seconds from Sergio Perez, with Lewis Hamilton a further seven seconds behind.

  78.  
    LAP 30

    BBC Radio 5 live Jaime Alguersuari reckons we're not far away from dry-weather tyres. If that's the case, Felipe Massa probably blinked a few laps too early. Some super defensive driving from Michael Schumacher but that Mercedes looks frankly awful. Kamui Kobayashi gets brave around the outside of Turn 5 and blasts by into 11th.

  79.  
    LAP 29

    Jenson Button is still the fastest man on the circuit, around one second quicker than anyone else. He's got a big job on his hands, though, as he's 68 seconds behind Fernando Alonso and 25 seconds behind Nico Hulkenberg who is in the final points-paying position.

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    From Eden Fahey on Twitter: "Button to repeat Canada all over again?"

  81.  
    LAP 28

    Fernando Alonso is doing an incredible job out front, increasing his lead over Sergio Perez to 7.7 seconds and 14.8 over third placed Lewis Hamilton. This is a remarkable turnaround for Ferrari who have been well off the pace so far this season.

  82.  
    LAP 27

    Jenson Button seems to like these new intermediates. The McLaren driver has just set the fastest lap of the race, but he's still 19th. Felipe Massa, who is losing places by the second, dives into the pits for a new set of inters.

  83.  
    LAP 26

    Sergio Perez is the fastest man on the track but he's still six seconds behind leader Fernando Alonso. Felipe Massa is given the hurry up by his engineer Rob Smedley with Nico Rosberg struggling in front. But he locks the rear axle underbraking into Turn 9 and loses a place to Paul di Resta. The Brazilian bravely defends against the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne, but he's a sitting duck on the pit-straight when the Frenchman uses his DRS. Easy pickings. Massa down to 10th.

  84.  
    LAP 25

    Jenson Button is back in for a fresh set of intermediate tyres. Jaime Alguersuari could be right about the tyre pressure issue. Turn 5 looks like the place to overtake today. Mark Webber puts a move around the outside of Nico Rosberg. There's more misery for Mercedes further back as Bruno Senna just drives by Michael Schumacher in the battle for 12th.

  85.  
    LAP 25

    Just when it looked like things were settling down, Fernando Alonso is reporting rain at Turn 4. Timo Glock adds on his team radio: "We need to manage these tyres as there might be another shower coming soon."

  86.  
    LAP 24

    Things go from bad to worse for Nico Rosberg as Kimi Raikkonen uses the DRS and his Kers boost button to get by the Mercedes into Turn 1 in a carbon copy of Vettel's move. Mark Webber is now sniffing around a wounded Mercedes.

  87.  
    LAP 23

    Sebastian Vettel puts his DRS to good use, passing Nico Rosberg around the outside of Turn 1 for fourth place. The Mercedes drops back into the clutches of Kimi Raikkonen. Crikey, that car really doesn't have any pace in the race does it?

  88.  

    McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale: "There's a long way to go in this race so a lot can happen. We were here in Canada [when Button won the race from the back of the grid] as well and Jenson has got the speed and the car beneath him." When asked why Hamilton was losing time he answered: "I'm not going to discuss that on national radio." Fair enough.

  89.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "It's strange Jenson's struggling. They've got a competitive car. The only reason why is that McLaren did not do a good job with tyre pressure."

  90. LAP 22: 

    Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo is at it again. The Aussie finds some grip on the outside of Turn Five, overtaking Kamui Kobayashiwith another brilliant move.

  91.  
    LAP 21

    Jenson Button reports that he struggling to get his tyres working. "I've got no grip," he says as he chases down Pastor Maldonado for 19th.

  92.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Drivers really need to get these intermediate tyres to last past Lap 30 if they only want to stop one more time for tyres."

  93.  
    LAP 20

    The DRS has been enabled, which means drivers can use it if they get within one second of the car in front. Up front, Fernando Alonso is showing great pace in that Ferrari. He's 4.3 seconds ahead at the front. Further back, Sebastian Vettel is closing on Nico Rosberg in the battle for fourth. Kimi Raikkonen is hovering, too, in sixth so a nice battle forming here.

  94.  
    LAP 20

    BBC co-commentator David Coulthard points out that Lewis Hamilton is struggling to keep up with Sergio Perez, possibly because he's struggling to get those tyres 'turned on', i.e. get heat into them.

  95.  
    LAP 20

    An incredible move from Daniel Ricciardo around the outside of Bruno Senna at Turn 5. That took some guts. That was for 14th place.

  96.  
    LAP 19

    Sebastian Vettel is fifth, Kimi Raikkonen sixth, Mark Webber seventh and Felipe Massa eighth. Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne are having a good battle for the final two points-paying positions.

  97.  
    LAP 19

    Jenson Button is last, but he's lapping two seconds quicker than everyone else. He's 43 seconds behind race leader Fernando Alonso but we know that the McLaren driver excels in these conditions.

  98.  
    LAP 18

    That's blue sky I've spotted in the distance. Plenty of spray still spitting out from the back of the cars, but it's not raining any more. Fernando Alonso sets the fastest lap of the race - 2:01.920 - to lead by 2.4 seconds from Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. That early stop from Rosberg proved inspired. The Mercedes team tell the German to look after these tyres as they won't be changing until the track is ready for slicks.

  99.  
    LAP 17

    That didn't last long. Fernando Alonso, in the Ferrari everyone says has no pace, puts a move on Sergio Perez to take the lead of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton now closes on the Sauber, but he's lapping around a second slower than the Ferrari.

  100.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "He didn't calculate that move. Button had too much speed into the corner. He just forget about Karthikeyan."

  101.  
    LAP 16

    Sensational scenes up front as Sergio Perez does an extra lap on the full wet tyres, setting the fastest lap of the race, and comes out from his stop in the lead. Super work from the Mexican.

  102.  
    CRASH!

    It's an absolute disaster for Jenson Button as he clatters the back of Narain Karthikeyan and breaks his front wing. The McLaren driver has lost part of his endplate and is forced to pits. BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari says: "Jenson was not clever in my point of view."

  103.  
    LAP 15

    Lewis Hamilton pits but the McLaren team have an issue and he pulls out behind Fernando Alonso. He was told to wait while Felipe Massa got into the pitbox in front. They crawl out of the pits and rejoin ahead of Jenson Button. Sergio Perez now leads in the Sauber.

  104.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "Typical of Jenson to go in before anyone to make a move first. Fantastic. I would say this is a race-winning move. He made the right decision."

  105.  
    GO! GO! GO!LAP 14

    We're back under racing conditions and Jenson Button has taken an almighty gamble by pitting immediately for intermdiate tyres. Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen are in, too. Could this prove inspired? Lewis Hamilton continues on ahead of Sergio Perez. Fernando Alonso passes Mark Webber into Turn 1 and then further round the lap, Sebastian Vettel gets by his Red Bull team-mate.

  106.  
    DRIVE THROUGH PENALTYLAP 13

    Pedro de la Rosa's afternoon goes from bad to worse as he gets a driver-through penalty as his team were too late in leaving the grid.

  107.  
    SAFETY CARLAP 13

    This is it. The safety car is coming in this lap. Nico Rosberg's engineer asks him what he wants to do, to which the German replies he wants inters as soon as the safety car pulls in. Expect absolute chaos in the pits.

  108.  
    LAP 12

    Red Bull and Ferrari mechanics are busy using hairdryers and towels to dry their pitboxes in preparation for pitstops. For those of you asking, drivers are not allowed to change their tyres while the safety car is in.

  109.  
    LAP 12

    Felipe Massa's race engineer tells him that it's extreme wets for him to which the Brazilian replies, "yes, but not for long." Jenson Button is informed by his team that the conditions are good to go racing so we can expect the safety car to peel in shortly.

  110.  
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    Javier Pastor on Twitter: "Hamilton v Button quickly developing into the rivalry of the season. Shades of Senna v Prost anyone?"

  111.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "If it does dry up, the drivers don't have to run both compounds of slick tyres."

  112.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "I would say it's fine for a racing re-start. There's not much water. It's good. I think we could see drivers coming in for inters in a couple of laps."

  113.  
    LAP 10

    Jenson Button asks for the forecast for the rest of the race to which the team reply that they're not expecting any more rain and he should be heating his rear brakes while behind the safety car. He's currently running second behind McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton and in front of Sergio Perez.

  114. 1015: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The engineers pull the tyre blankets off and flood off the grid. Seconds later, the cars blast away behind the safety car to get this race back under way. Remember, there's no overtaking while the safety car is out so the drivers will simply be focusing on assessing the conditions and exploring the track for grip.

  115.  
    BBC Radio 5 live pit lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "A little anecdote for you. Jenson Button got a bit bored of waiting around so he came back to the motorhome, had a cup of tea and was half way through a bowl of pasta only to be called back to the grid."

  116. 1012: 

    All the drivers are back in their cockpits primed for the restart. Sergio Perez's engineer wishes him good luck with a nice firm handshake. It's been a long time since we've seen a Sauber on the podium so the Swiss team will have their fingers and toes firmly crossed.

  117. 1010: 

    Five minutes to go now. Drivers will have to start of the extreme wet tyre for the restart, which means Jean-Eric Vergne will have to switch his boots. Even if we do get going on time, I think it will be difficult to complete the full race distance. It's definitely brighter, but sadly Bernie and co can't do anything about the setting of the sun...

  118. 1005: 

    The duo are then informed by their team that we've got a new start time, prompting Felipe Massa to dash off back to his car. Michael Schumacher stays where he is, instead choosing to do some stretching in the pit-lane before he hops back into the car.

  119. 1003: 

    Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa are sitting on the floor in the pit-lane having a nice chit-chat. Those two were team-mates at Ferrari in 2005 and 2006 and get on very well. They're having contrasting fortunes this season, though, with Schumacher having something of a revival and Massa having a terrible time.

  120. 1001: 

    But just as I say that, the Medical Car returns to the pits after doing a citing lap to look for standing water and moments later we are informed by race control that the race will resume at 1015 BST. Sensational news.

  121.  

    BBC Radio 5 live breakfast presenter Simon King: "F1-main thunderstorm eased away. However, another one brewing to NNW of circuit. Could be a close one."

  122. 0958: 

    Just as I was getting hopeful of an imminent race start, our weather guru Simon King delivers some bad news...

  123.  

    Mercedes CEO Nick Fry: "The track looks OK near the pits, but I think it's very wet elsewhere on the circuit, so [race director] Charlie Whiting has to be sure conditions are good enough to race everywhere."

  124.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari has a different view on the Grosjean-Schumacher incident

    "There was nothing Michael could have done. He was on power into Turn 4. He was exiting the corner and Romain ran completely into him. It was completely clear whose fault it was. I'm sure Romain will fight back."

  125.  

    Romain Grosjean, who has retired: "It was a fantastic start from the team. Unfortunately Michael Schumacher hit me into Turn 4 and I spun and the race from this point the race was gone. I had massive aquaplaning into Turn 5 and I couldn't do anything. There was contact with Michael and this is what happened. We're having bad luck."

  126. 0955: 

    So far Kimi Raikkonen hasn't opted for the choc ice and can of cola, as he famously did back in 2009 when this race was stopped after torrential rain. Instead he's making do with his drinks bottle.

  127. 0954: 

    I've got good news and bad news. The good is that the rain looks to have stopped, but the bad is the sun is clearly starting to set. It's quite stunning really but obviously not what we want to see if we want to go racing.

  128. 0952: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne is the only driver on the intermediate tyres but because of the red flag, everyone will be allowed to change before the restart.

  129.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    There is light rain down the pit-straight area. I would say that they will try and get the race going as soon as possible because of the light issue. I think they will be putting a call out to get things going shortly."

  130.   
    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "It was incrediably close between the McLarens, but it was a good decision for Jenson Button to come in because he's gained track position after being two seconds back. But it was some great driving by Hamilton to retain the lead."

  131.  

    Mercedes-Benz motorsport director Norbert Haug: "They were very right to stop the race - it's impossible to race under these circumstances. We'll have to wait and see because it'll get dark in about an hour's time. It was not a fantastic start by Michael [Schumacher], but he recovered well after being hit from the back to overtake."

  132. 0948: 

    The impending darkness will be a concern, as that was one of the factors which contributed to the race being stopped in 2009. But a glance up at the sky suggests that it is getting slightly brighter. I think I've even spotted blue sky on the horizon. That said, you can't get away from the fact it is still tipping it down.

  133.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "Visibility is an issue. You have a track that is wet so visibility comes down. And it's getting darker down there because it's also 5pm local time."

  134.  

    Based on that, Narain Karthikeyan would get half a point for 10th place if the race were to be stopped now - that would be HRT's first points and lift them above Caterham and Marussia in the constructors' championship into 10th place. That's vital because 10th is the final position where you get a decent share of TV money at the end of the season. There's obviously a long way to go, though.

  135.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "This red-flag period is very reminiscent of the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix - which was also stopped after a torrential downpour that resulted in cars flying off the track all over the place. The difference this year is that the rain has come earlier, so assuming it eases off there should be plenty of time to restart the race. However, whether the drivers will get full points is another matter - the race has to run to 75% of full distance (43 laps) for that, otherwise the drivers will get half points. As far as the first six laps are concerned, there were a few stand-out drivers. Both McLaren drivers underlined their skill in the wet, Mark Webber had the edge over team-mate Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso impressed in climbing to fifth and pressuring Vettel, and Toro Rosso new-boy Jean-Eric Vergne did well to stay out on his intermediate tyres with no mishaps. Sergio Perez is an impressive third, but that owed as much to a clever strategic call to come in first for wet tyres as anything else."

  136.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Sergio Perez gambled on changing to wet tyres and really benefitted. This race could start behind the Safety Car, and if it does you must use the wet tyres, so it'll be interesting to see how long the wet tyres will last. It's got colder now and it's going to be slow to dry out."

  137. 0939: 

    If you've just joined us and are wondering why there are lots of people standing around in the rain, it's because we've had a red flag after nine laps of the Malaysian Grand Prix. We had a sprinkling of rain at the start but after just one lap it got a lot of heavier and didn't let off.

  138.  
    GET INVOLVED

    From Scoobs57 on Twitter: "We only need Cliff Richard now to start some community sing in the grandstand and it's all d\u00e9j\u00e0 vu."

  139.  

    BBC Radio 5 live breakfast weather presenter Simon King: "Even though this thunderstorm will pass, doesn't move away from the fact that this thunderstorm is a pretty significant one!"

  140.  
    GET INVOLVED

    From Samantha Pett on Twitter: "Time for tea and toast then! Hope it's a good re-start."

  141.  
    GET INVOLVED

    From Alex Loche on Twitter: "It's gazebo time in #F1."

  142.  
    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey looks like he's on a camping holiday in the Lake District not a motor racing adventure."

  143. 0933: 
    BBC F1 commentator Ben Edwards

    "Narain Karthikeyan has been a rain specialist in other forms of racing he's participated in. Maybe there's an opportunity for HRT here."

  144. 0930: 

    While most teams pull out their golf-size umbrellas to try and protect their drivers from the rain, McLaren have gone one step further and constructed a gazebo over their two cars to keep Jenson, Lewis and the team dry.

  145.  
    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "The real star of the first part of that grand prix was Sauber's Sergio Perez who got himself into third place behind the two McLarens."

  146.  
    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "Lewis Hamilton is sitting in his car. Big drops of rain on his visor. He looks very relaxed. He knows that he has survived the first part and when the re-start comes he knows it'll be behind the safety car and that is a start he can control. So the threat of his team-mate Jenson Button has been neutralised."

  147.  
    LAP NINE

    The last time we had a red flag was in 2009 when torrential rain forced the race to be stopped after 31 laps. Jenson Button took victory, ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock however they were only awarded half points because they only managed half the race. This time around, we've only racked up nine laps so let's hope we don't get a repeat.

  148.  
    RED FLAGLAP NINE

    Lewis Hamilton's engineer tells him that this rain is expected to continue falling for the next 30 minutes. Race director Charlie Whiting obviously has similar intel because he's brought out the red flag. The cars are now filing back to the grid where they will park up in their current order until the race start. There's chaos in the pit-lane as the mechanics dash out of their garages with their trolleys and onto the grid.

  149.  

    McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale: "We have an experienced crew and we just have to ready for what the drivers tell us. Lewis and Jenson reported the last corner is like a lake. The climatic conditions are always exciting here. I think we'll continue behind the safety car until the weather clears. We just have to be ready and hold our nerve. Are we feeling confident? (Laughs) No, we're feeling anxious."

  150.  
    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "Wow - a huge peel of thunder around our commentary box."

  151.  
    LAP NINE

    Big losers early on are Bruno Senna, who is second-last after pitting for a new set of extreme tyres, Michael Schumacher who is 15th after getting tagged by Romain Grosjean at the start and Kimi Raikkonen who finds himself down in 13th.

  152.  
    LAP EIGHT

    So Lewis Hamilton leads from Jenson Button and Sergio Perez who was the first man to pit for extreme tyres. That's worked out rather nicely for the Sauber driver. Mark Webber is fourth, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Jean-Eric Vergne. Felipe Massa is up four places to eighth, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Narain Karthikeyan. Yes, you read that right. a HRT is in a points-paying position. Incredible scenes.

  153.  
    BBC F1 commentator Ben Edwards

    "There's thunder and lightning here. The lights have gone out in the commentary box."

  154.  
    SAFETY CARLAP SEVEN

    Jenson Button reports that the last sector "is like a lake". Moments after he says that, the race director deploys the safety car. We've got waved double yellow flags and we can all catch a breath after that frantic start.

  155.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "Button is the more experienced man on the tyres here as he's had one more lap than Hamilton. So it'll be interesting to see if he stays behind Hamilton or just tries to pull away from the others."

  156.  
    LAP SIX

    Quick work from the Red Bull team who have brought Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in one after the other. They've gone for extreme wets, too. Mercedes do the same with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher. Out on track, Lewis Hamilton blasts out of the pit-lane and rejoins just in front of McLaren team-mate Jenson Button. Button gets agonsingly close to Hamilton but he can't launch a move. Hamilton soon gets to grips with those tyres and he pulls out a gap.

  157.  
    LAP FIVE

    Jenson Button is in the pits and he's stuck a set of extreme wet tyres on. Those are clearly the tyres to be on because he breezes by Michael Schumacher who is on the intermediates. Lewis Hamilton reports aquaplaning and then pits the next lap. Will he lose out to Jenson Button?

  158.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Mercedes team are out in the pit lane with wet tyres. And the rain has become a lot heavier in the pit lane."

  159.  
    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "In these circumstances you need to stay on the track. Even if you lose some position, you just need to stay cool and not try to push it too much. It's very difficult and Grosjean missed it again."

  160.  
    SPIN!LAP FOUR

    The rain is still falling consistently but the cars aren't aquaplaning so they should be OK on the intermediate tyres for now. As I say that, Romain Grosjean loses the back end at Turn 5 and beaches that Lotus. Dear, oh dear.

  161.  
    LAP THREE

    Lewis Hamilton is pulling away at the front, pulling out a 1.6 seconds over Jenson Button. Mark Webber's impressive start sees him run third, ahead of Sebastian Vettel's whose gamble to start on the hard tyres is now moot as they are on wet weather tyres. Fernando Alonso is up to fifth, just ahead of Nico Rosberg. The Ferrari team have blinked first of the frontrunners and brought Felipe Massa in for a set of extreme wets. He joins Paul di Resta and Bruno Senna on that rubber. Let's see how his lap times play out.

  162.  
    LAP TWO

    Everyone stays out on lap two apart from Sergio Perez who has decided to pit for extreme wets. That's a massive gamble from the Sauber team so let's see if it pays off. We've also just seen a replay of the start which shows Romain Grosjean tagging Michael Schumacher. That would explain why the German is down in 16th and Grosjean 18th.

  163.  
    LAP ONE

    It's absolutely bucketing it down now. Michael Schumacher's race goes from bad to worse. The Mercedes gets tagged and spins, dropping well down the field. Romain Grosjean has a super start and makes his way up to third. That Lotus looks mighty. McLaren tell Jenson Button that it's tipping it down in the pit-lane but the Brit replies that his inters are fine for now.

  164. 0903: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    It's go, go, go! Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are neck-and-neck going into the first corner but this time it's Lewis who gets the upper hand. Michael Schumacher gets bogged down at the start and is going backwards. Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber get alongside the German and pass him into Turn 1.

  165. 0902: 

    We're hearing Felipe Massa's race engineer Rob Smedley tell his charge that they won't be long on this tyre. Expect a frantic start followed by a frantic load of pitstops, then. Wow.

  166. 0900: 

    We have blast off. The cars pull away from their grid slots to begin the formation lap. Well, everyone except for Pedro de la Rosa that is. The HRT isn't going anywhere. It looks like he's stalled. The team are now pushing him into the pit-lane.

  167. 0859: 

    The tyre blankets are off and the grid is starting to empty. It looks like we're going to start on time. Everyone bar the HRTs appear to be on the intermediates. The Spanish team have decided to go for full wets.

  168.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Kimi Raikkonen'squalifying lap on his way to fifth fastest was a sight to behold - with a couple of huge oversteer moments in the first part of the lap, including one in the fast Turn Five, vividly illustrating his amazing car control. The Finn, who drops to 10th on the grid following a penalty for a gearbox change, has looked mighty impressive since his return to F1 even if it has not yet shown in raw results and he said those slides cost him a chance of mixing it with the McLarens. 'I got a little bit sideways in a few corners and it cost us a bit,' he said. 'I think without those we would have had a chance to be in the front. We start from 10th and try to improve from there.'"

  169. 0855: 

    Is it going to be wet tyres, is it going to be intermediate tyres, is it going to be slick tyres? Well Nico Rosberg's engineer says there's light rain at the moment and inters are the way to go. The Mercedes team radar says that heavier rain is expected later in the race. This is shaping up rather nicely.

  170. 0850: 

    The umbrellas are up, folks. Rainmaster Michael Schumacher must be rubbing his hands with glee. These conditions are made for the Mercedes driver. Race director Charlie Whiting is deep in thought up on the starting podium. It's that man who will decide whether to declare this as a wet start or whether he wants to delay the start so that the conditions become clearer. I don't envy him right now.

  171.  

    Mercedes on Twitter: "Yes. Rain is here."

  172. 0847: 

    Three teams can consider this as a home race - Mercedes, who are backed by Malaysian national oil company Petronas, Malaysian-owned Lotus and Caterham who are owned by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes. There has only ever been one Malaysian F1 driver - Alex Yoong - but he had an uninspiring career at Minardi between 2001 and 2002.

  173. 0845: 
    CELEB SPOT!

    Australia set the bar pretty high with its level of celebrity as Westlife singer Brian McFadden, Hollywood actor Aaron Eckhart and Aussie footballer Harry Kewell were among the attendees. But Malaysia have upped the ante big time. Hollywood stars Owen Wilson and Adrian Brody have been enjoying themselves in the Caterham garage and are now wondering along the grid. Comedian Jimmy Carr is there, too, and I've just spotted British boxer David Haye.

  174.  

    Sebastian Vettel, who will start fifth: "It's the same for all. Obviously right now, the weather doesn't look to friendly. Rain is always expected here. It looks likely right now. Let's just see what we get."

  175. 0842: 

    The cars will hit a maximum speed of 305kph - that could increase when the DRS overtaking aid is activated - with an average of 220kph. Drivers will make around 3000 gear changes during the 56 lap race, face forces of over 5G and suffer temperatures of 50C. No wonder they're absolutely knackered by the end of the race.

  176. 0840: 

    There's just 20 minutes until the lights go out. You excited? Good. While we wait to see whether the rain will hit, here's some stats to tickle your tastebuds while you enjoy a leisurely Sunday breakfast. The 5.543km Hermann Tilke-designed track just outside Kuala Lumpur boats 15 corners - five left-handers and 10 right-handers if you were wondering - with a lap record of 1:34.223 set by Juan Pablo Montoya who is currently enjoying himself over in the States in Nascar.

  177.  

    Mark Webber, starting from fourth on the grid:"It's always either scorchio or lashing down here. The grips levels aren't too bad, the biggest challenge in the wet here is aquaplaning. Clearly I've got to do well at the start but you've also got to be mindful that it could be a long grand prix."

  178.  

    McLaren's Jenson Button, who will start second: "I think it's going to be wet at the start. Looking at the radar it's going to rain just as the race starts. We don't know what to expect in the wet. Hopefully the car will work, there's no reason why it won't."

  179.  

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner: "We know the McLarens are very strong, so we need a good first lap and I hope we can take the fight to the McLarens and hopefully it'll make for an exciting race."

  180.  
    BBC Radio 5 live Jennie Gow

    "The clouds are rolling in and I can see thunder and lightning in the distance. It's about 30C here and track temperature 37C. I don't think it'll be long before we are in the middle of a tropical thunderstorm."

  181. 0835: 

    I can hear the familar roar of an F1 engine. The pit-lane has opened its doors and the cars are flooding out onto the track to take their place on the grid. Our boys Jake Humphrey and David Coulthard are standing on the finish line ready and waiting...

  182.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "World champion SebastianVettel qualified sixth on Saturday, which has become fifth with Kimi Raikkonen's grid penalty, but it would be unwise to write him off. He chose to qualify on the harder, slower 'hard' tyre, largely because he did not like his car on the softer 'medium'. His Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber thinks Vettel 'is in a good position for the race', but as Jenson Button points out, he has to run the medium sooner or later. Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn said the 'hard' is about 0.4secs a lap slower than the 'medium' and that there was little in it in terms of degradation. As Button said: 'Strategy we've really for to be on our toes because at the moment I really don't know which tyre we should be using for most of the race.'"

  183. 0830: 

    Fair play to the lovely ladies standing on the grid slots on the start-finish straight holding the national flags of the various drivers. They're still sporting their sunglasses and smiling despite the fact a bucket load of rain could unload on them at any moment.

  184. 0828: 

    The wind is picking up at Sepang and the ominous black cloud which to the northeast of the circuit is moving ever closer. Umbrellas at the ready, people. I think it's going to rain.

  185.  

    Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery: "We're expecting three stops from the drivers who got through to the final qualifying session on the medium, so we may see them run a comparatively short first stint before switching to the hard, which has been very strong so far all weekend."

  186.  

    Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery: "This is undoubtedly going to be one of the most demanding races of the year for the tyres, pushing the limits of their performance on a circuit that is well-known for degradation. Consequently tyre management is going to be critical and, as we saw on Saturday, the strategy starts in qualifying where the teams have to balance short term gains against long term benefits. There could be a strong argument for starting the race on the hard tyre for example, which we expect to last for around 25 laps, but the fastest times in qualifying came from the medium, which is just under half a second quicker per lap."

  187. 0825: 

    On the subject of tyres, which as Jenson Button points out are likely to have a massive impact on the race's outcome, we have the medium option tyre (white marking) and the hard prime tyre (silver marking) for today's race. Here's Pirelli's motorsport chief Paul Hembery on how he expects the rubber to hold up...

  188.  

    McLaren driver Jenson Button: "It's a tough one for us physically. It's tough on the tyres, the car and for strategy. There's humidity and the heat is so high you don't know how long the tyres will work. You have to think on your toes and luckily we're good at that. Hopefully we'll have good pit-stops as we did last week. We're excited about the race."

  189. 0820: 

    Having your two fiesty drivers starting side-by-side on the front row would be a daunting prospect for any team principal, however McLaren's chief Martin Whitmarsh is refusing to lay down any team orders: "Lewis and Jenson are free to do what they want to do. Lewis will feel he wants to come out of first corner in the lead after what happened in Australia. For us it will be a little bit tense for the first few seconds of the race."

  190.  

    Ferrari on Twitter: "The large shower located in the northeast at 15km is coming very slowly to the circuit. No rain expected for the moment, said Meteo France. The weather situation will make everything more stressful than usual: black clouds are approaching the circuit."

  191.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Michael Schumacher has produced his best qualifying position since his comeback to F1 in lining up third, but he is again playing down his chances of a 92nd career victory, describing that as 'still a bit too optimistic'. 'The perception in the paddock - based on what happened at the first race a week ago - is that Mercedes are stronger in qualifying than the race, but Schumacher doesn't sound convinced by that either. 'We have chosen a car that should work much better in the race,' he said. 'I would rather be compromised for qualifying; that's a situation I hope will pay back (in the race).' To which the obvious response is, you can't have it both ways, Michael!"

  192. 0815: 

    Lewis Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button will fancy his chances of getting one over his team-mate for a second successive race, I'm sure, while Michael Schumacher - arguably the standout performer on Saturday after Hamilton - should be in the mix at Turn 1 with his fast starting Mercedes.

  193.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Not only did LewisHamilton get pole for the second race in a row, but he again did it with a scintillating first lap that neither he nor anyone else could get near. A remark from Jenson Button underlined just how fine are the margins between the drivers at the top of F1 - it turns out Hamilton's advantage was pretty much all in one corner; the innocuous-looking hairpin of Turn Two. 'Lewis is extremely quick, as we all know," Button said. 'For some reason I just can't get that 0.15secs. I know exactly where it is - it's been there all weekend and I just can't find the pace. It's at the exit of Turn Two. But for some reason I just can't go round that corner.'"

  194.  

    Williams driver Bruno Senna on Twitter: "Very excited about today's race. Gonna be a tough one but good feelings!"

  195.  

    Opta Jim on Twitter: "2 - McLaren have won more pole positions this season already than they had managed in the previous 30 F1 GPs. Pace."

  196.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Once bitten, twice shy would be the best way to describe Lewis Hamilton's mood after his second consecutive pole position. After being beaten away by team-mate Jenson Button in Australia a week ago, he seems determined not to let it happen again. 'It's about making my car as wide as I can down to Turn One,' he said. With a fast-starting Mercedes right behind the McLarens, the first few hundred metres should be 'interesting', to use Button's choice of word."

  197. 0813: 

    Jenson Button arrived in the Malaysia as the championship leader - the first time someone other than Sebastian Vettel held that position since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2010 - after a dominant victory in Australia last weekend. Vettel limited the damage to second place after a poor qualifying, but Lewis Hamilton was visibly disappointed with his third place after starting on pole. That all changed once Friday practice in Malaysia was over, though. The Brit hasn't stopped smiling since topping both those sessions and then taking pole position on Saturday. Will he convert that pace into victory later today?

  198.  

    BBC Radio 5 live breakfast presenter Simon King: "The day will be mostly dry with sunny spells but the threat of showers increases with a moderate chance of getting a heavy, possible thundery downpour during the race. It'll feel very humid with a maximum air temperature will be 34 degrees and again track temperature getting into the high 40s."

  199.  

    Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen: "I think it will be the first time on Sunday that I will start an F1 race last after the penalty from Melbourne. Hopefully it will be the last time too!"

  200. 0810: 

    I'd also like to offer a warm welcome to British Summer Time. Spring has sprung and I for one am delighted. But did you remember to move your clock forward an hour? I had three alarms on just in case they reacted badly to the time change. Luckily, one of them worked but I suspect there are going to be a few people waking up this morning wondering why the race is nearly finished by the time they switch themselves on.

  201.  

    Marussia driver Timo Glock on Twitter: "Wow it's hot out here!!! If it stays like this I will lose some weight today."

  202. 0808: 

    It may be gloriously sunny right now, as a group of colourfully dressed Malaysian dancers entertain the crowd on the pit-straight, rain is still a distinct possibility in the race which should really mix things up. Are you a fan of rain-hit races or are you more of a purist who wants to see racing on a consistently dry track? Can Michael Schumacher convert his third place into a podium for the first time since his return to Formula 1? Who will come out on top between Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton? Has Sebastian Vettel's decision to start on the hard, rather than the medium like his rivals, prove inspired? I want to hear from you. Tweet me @lawrobarretto using the #bbcf1 hashtag or get on the text to 81111 UK, remembering to put your name on it.

  203. 0805: 

    Sepang, located just outside the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, has hosted a race every year since 1999. Few care to offer predictions on a race outcome because the climate is arguably the most volatile that the teams endure over the course of the year. One minute it can be gloriously sunny, the next a monsoon will hit. One thing that is consistent is the heat and humidity which converts the paddock and pit-lane into a sweatbox. Oddily, the organisers have decided against installing air conditioning into the garages, so the teams have to make do with dry ice, hairdryers and giant fans to keep them cool - plus plenty of fluid.

  204. 0802: 

    Selamat pagi or good morning and welcome to live coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix, round two on a tremendously busy Formula 1 calendar. We're up and running a full hour before the lights go out at Sepang International Circuit, but that's just as well because we've got plenty to keep us busy.

  205. 0800: 

    What do they say about buses? Wait ages for one and then two come along at once? Well that's exactly what has happened to McLaren. Outperformed and outfoxed by those chaps at Red Bull in 2011, Martin Whitmarsh's men have worked their socks off over the winter to give British boys Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button one hell of a car. The result is two front row lock-outs in as many races and the prospect of a tasty inter-team battle between the modern day Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 238
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 216
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 166
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 121
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 122
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 106
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 70
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 70
9 Brazil F Massa Williams 55
10 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 40
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 43
12 Mexico S Perez Force India 37
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 11
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0

Results

After 53 of 53 laps
Position Driver Team

Race completed

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 Brazil F Massa Williams
4 Finland V Bottas Williams
5 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
7 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
8 Mexico S Perez Force India
9 Great Britain J Button McLaren
10 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
11 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
12 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
14 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
15 Germany A Sutil Sauber
16 France R Grosjean Lotus
17 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
18 France J Bianchi Marussia
19 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
20 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
21 Spain F Alonso (ret.) Ferrari
22 Great Britain M Chilton (ret.) Marussia