The Malaysian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix) is the next F1 race that is scheduled to be held on 1 October 2017 at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor, Malaysia. This is going to be the final Malaysian Grand Prix for the time being, as the race is scrapped for the 2018 season and beyond. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton enters the round with a 28- point lead over rival Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s team-mate is third, a further 23 points behind. Hamilton is the favorite for online betting odds.
Surrounded by palm oil plantations, the track consists of challenging corners with long straights that facilitate overtaking. Malaysia joins Singapore as the most demanding race on the calendar owing to the fact that the weather there is often unpredictable, with the temperatures hovering above 30°C in intense tropical sun and humidity as of now. As so, just going out there to watch is a feat of endurance, and what the drivers will face can only be imagined.
The Sepang circuit is one of the most extreme circuits that will test the different elements of a car in terms of the emphasis on aerodynamic performance, with the fast, flowing corners.
As far as pure pace is concerned, Mercedes has tended to be very strong, particularly with Hamilton at the wheel, at Sepang in F1’s V6 hybrid turbo era. The class leading F1’s engine can really show its mettle. His confidence will emanate from the fact the Sepang circuit’s layout is not dissimilar to Silverstone, where Mercedes annihilated Ferrari in the British Grand Prix.
Ferrari will hope that its unexpectedly strong performance in August’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, where Vettel finished only a couple of seconds short of victory after a long pursuit of Hamilton, will carry over to Malaysia.
Another key player to look out for in the upcoming showdown is the Dutchman Verstappen. He and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished one-two in last year’s race and will look forward to put their best on the track.
Sepang will see another chapter in the Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel saga, and it will sure be just as exciting for the viewers as it is for them to see who will come on top.