The 13-year-old Malaysian Grand Prix lap record was broken at the final running of the race by Sebastian Vettel.
Juan Pablo Montoya’s lap record, set in a Williams FW26 with a V10 BMW engine, fell to Vettel’s Ferrari as he pursued Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton in the final laps of the race.
After establishing the new record on lap 41 Vettel’s pace was contained when he arrived on the tail of the Red Bull. By the end of the race several other drivers in clearer air. These included Lewis Hamilton, who was 0.372s sower, but put the Ferrari’s pace advantage around Sepang at more like eight tenths of a second in race trim.
That was only the case as far as Hamilton was concerned. Valtteri Bottas struggled tremendously, his best time eight-tenths of a second slower than Hamilton’s. Unlike his team mate, Bottas was running the team’s newer aerodynamic package.
2017 Malaysian Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’34.467||0.387||50|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’34.770||0.690||55|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’35.591||1.511||32|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1’37.075||2.995||36|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’37.170||3.090||45|
|19||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’38.123||4.043||27|
2017 Malaysian Grand Prix
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- 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio transcript