WATCH LIVE: Malaysian GP on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 2am ET

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Formula 1’s final trip (for now) to the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Grand Prix, takes place overnight starting on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App from 2 a.m. ET. Brew some coffee to stay up through the night if you so desire.


Pre-race coverage runs for an hour from 2 a.m. ET through to 3 a.m. ET, with lights out at that point.

Qualifying threw up another surprise with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes on pole despite a lack of pace in practice, and with frequent sparring partners Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen just behind. Last year’s Malaysian winner Daniel Ricciardo starts fourth, ahead of Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel incurred an electrical issue in third practice that forced his Ferrari team to scramble to make repairs. Alas, the German will roll off from 20th and last after failing to set a time in qualifying when an issue with the power unit persisted.

Hamilton leads the World Championship by 28 points after his surprise win in Singapore and with Vettel needing a miracle from the rear of the field, should be poised to extend that further. But the opportunity is there for Raikkonen and the hungry Red Bull teammates to take points off of Hamilton.

Malaysia has thrown up a few surprise races in its 19 years. It’s always hot and occasionally rainy, and is one of the tougher physical challenges on the season. Drivers, too, will want to have bragging rights as the last winner of the Malaysian Grand Prix.


You can watch the Malaysian Grand Prix live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2am ET. CLICK HERE for NBCSN live stream.

You can also try out a new ‘Mosaic View’ for the race that includes the race simulcast, in-car cameras, driver tracker and pit lane cam. CLICK HERE to watch the Mosaic View live stream.

Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter Will Buxton providing updates and interviews throughout the race from Singapore.

Also be sure to follow the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account for live updates throughout the race.

2017 Malaysian Grand Prix – What to watch for (Luke Smith)

Hamilton on second straight break point in title race

In tennis terms, Lewis Hamilton is currently chasing a second ‘break point’ in his fight with Sebastian Vettel, the first coming in Singapore two weeks ago when he won and extended his points lead to 28.

Hamilton wasn’t expected to leave Singapore leading the championship, and given Ferrari and Vettel’s pace through practice, few would have thought he would leave Singapore still 28 points clear.

Alas, he now appears to have the chance to stream into a lead that would be massively difficult for Vettel to overcome through over the final five races of the season.

Can Hamilton get the job done? Or will we see a fightback from Ferrari on raceday?

Raikkonen looks to roll back the clock

Kimi Raikkonen has emerged as an unlikely contender for victory in Malaysia following Vettel’s demise, picking up the mantle nicely for Ferrari in qualifying.

Had it not been for a lock-up at the final corner, the Finn looked poised to snatch pole away, and his race pace could give him the edge over Hamilton and the Red Bulls.

Daniel Ricciardo said after qualifying he believes Raikkonen is the man to beat, and it is up to him now to do Vettel a favor and prove he is able to play a role in helping his title bid by denying Hamilton a maximum score.

Vettel’s fightback offers an added spark

Fightbacks through the field are always fun to watch, and when Sebastian Vettel is involved, they’re usually particularly intriguing.

With a fresh power unit fitted, Vettel will be eager to claw his way back up the order as quickly as possible, but is likely to run a reverse strategy that will only see him come into play at the front in the closing stages.

A safety car or some rain would help his cause, but even in the dry, expect Vettel to be hitting the top six as a minimum. Anything more than that – or a miraculous finish ahead of Hamilton – would be a big bonus.

Gasly gears up for GP debut

Pierre Gasly will make his long-awaited grand prix debut in Malaysia after putting in an impressive display so far this weekend for Toro Rosso.

Gasly outpaced experienced teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in Q1 and was just a tenth of a second shy in Q2, taking P15 on the grid, and has been learning rapidly through the weekend.

While Toro Rosso does not look likely to score points on raw pace alone in Malaysia, one has to feel Gasly at least stands a better chance than Daniil Kvyat, who spurned even the best of chances last time out in Singapore.

Will rain factor?

Hopefully is the simple answer. Rain in Malaysia has been a common theme through its 19 seasons on the F1 calendar, so it would be fitting to say goodbye with a shower or two.

While we don’t want the biblical rain that washed out the 2009 race, enough to create a real challenge for the drivers on-track and spice up the strategy calls – a bit like the early part of the race in Singapore – would be great to see.

Hopefully the fans will be prepared to brave the elements and give Sepang a good send-off. It has served us well through the years.

2017 Malaysian Grand Prix – Starting Grid

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
6. Esteban Ocon Force India
7. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
8. Nico Hulkenberg Renault
9. Sergio Perez Force India
10. Fernando Alonso McLaren
11. Felipe Massa Williams
12. Jolyon Palmer Renault
13. Lance Stroll Williams
14. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso
15. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso
16. Romain Grosjean Haas
17. Kevin Magnussen Haas
18. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber
19. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
20. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston


Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for full 250 East Main Results

After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

Click here for 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart

The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

Click here for 250 Main results | 250 East Rider Points | Combined Rider Points | Lap Chart

There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s