MALAYSIAN

  • Saina Nehwal loses in Malaysia Open semis April 4, 2015

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal went down in her women's singles semi-final to reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui at the $500,000 Malaysia Open Superseries Premier on Saturday. The Chinese beat the third seeded Indian in a marathon match that lasted an hour and eight minutes with the top...
  • Kidambi Srikanth enters second round of Malaysia Open April 1, 2015

    Kuala Lumpur: Newly-crowned India Open badminton champion, Kidambi Srikanth continued his impressive run as he notched up another hard-fought win over England's Rajiv Ouseph in a three-game men's singles match of the USD 500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier, on Wednesday. Srikanth recovered quickly after a hectic last week, which saw...
  • Fernando Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate March 31, 2015

    One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. The comment, posted on Twitter under a photograph of the sweaty Spaniard walking in his McLaren overalls past the Ferrari garage and the Italian team's smiling mechanics, was simple: 'Ouch'. It was hard not to feel a twinge of pity for...
  • Lewis Hamilton ready to sign new contract with Mercedes March 31, 2015

    Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to sign a new contract that, according to media reports, could net him more than $40 million a year. "It should be done this week. There's no reason why it shouldn't be," the Mercedes driver told British reporters after finishing second in...
  • Sebastian Vettel win is a relief for all except Mercedes March 30, 2015

    An ebullient Sebastian Vettel spoke at length about the importance of his first win for Ferrari when addressing reporters after his Malaysian Grand Prix triumph on Sunday, yet his beaming smile pretty much said it all. He was back, Ferrari were back and most importantly, Formula One was back. Vettel upset the...
  • F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone proposes championship for women March 30, 2015

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed a controversial world championship for women drivers as part of grand prix weekends. "I thought it would be a good idea to give them a showcase," British media quoted the 84-year-old as saying during the Malaysian Grand Prix after proposing the idea to team...
  • Malaysian police investigates death threats to Ravi Shankar March 30, 2015

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police is investigating a letter purportedly sent by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, threatening to kill Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who was in Penang over the weekend. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed that a letter was sent to meditation and spiritual guru...
  • Mercedes conduct review after mistakes at Malaysian GP March 29, 2015

    Sepang: It's rare to see a Formula One podium these days without a Mercedes driver standing on top, and it's even rarer to have the team conducting arguments in public over the strategic errors which led to the defeat by Ferrari. The team was chiefly undone on Sunday by the Malaysian...
  • Force India fail to win points at Malaysia GP March 29, 2015

    Sepang: Force India battled hard at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix but failed to earn even a single point as its drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finished 13th and 14th, respectively, and outside the points here on Sunday. The race was won by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel from the Mercedes'...
  • Malaysian Grand Prix extended through 2018 March 29, 2015

    Sepang: The Malaysian Grand Prix will remain on the F1 calendar through 2018 after organizers finalized a new three-year contract on the sidelines of Sunday's race. It will retain the title sponsorship of the state oil company Petronas, which is the chief sponsor of reigning champion team Mercedes. Sepang International Circuit chairman...
  • Sebastian Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix to end Mercedes streak March 29, 2015

    Sepang: Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday to end Mercedes' long Formula One winning streak and make the 2015 season look like a genuine contest between the two teams. Vettel elected not to pit during an earlier safety-car period, while second-placed Lewis Hamilton and third-placed Nico...
  • Fernando Alonso remains positive despite early retirement March 29, 2015

    Fernando Alonso's first race of the season ended with a 21st lap retirement at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday but the Spaniard saw positive progress at misfiring McLaren. Alonso missed the season opener in Australia two weeks ago on medical grounds after a crash in testing last month and Sunday...
  • Marussia driver Will Stevens out of Malaysia race with fuel issue March 29, 2015

    Sepang: Manor Marussia withdrew British driver Will Stevens from the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix just an hour before the start on Sunday due to a fuel system problem. "Sadly Will is unable to start today's race as we have not been able to get on top of the fuel system...
  • Sebastian Vettel looking back to his best with Ferrari March 28, 2015

    Sebastian Vettel showed how much he is enjoying life at Ferrari by whooping with delight at securing second on the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday and punching the air at the post-qualifying news conference. The four-time world champion cut a forlorn figure in his last season at Red...
  • Force India drivers to start 13th, 14th in Malaysia March 28, 2015

    Sepang: Force India survived the rain storm here on Saturday as Nico Hulkenberg qualified 13th ahead of Sergio Perez in 14th for Sunday's Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took pole in his Mercedes ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel while the reigning World Champion's teammate Nico Rosberg will start third...
  • Fernando Alonso sees rapid progress after closing gap March 28, 2015

    Fernando Alonso focused on the positives after he and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button qualified on the penultimate row of the Malaysian Grand Prix grid on Saturday. Teething problems with the new Honda engine have left the former champions with plenty of catching up to do yet, despite having to start from...
  • Teenager Max Verstappen shows up world's best at Malaysian GP March 28, 2015

    Sepang: He may not be old enough to drive solo on public roads, but 17-year-old Max Verstappen proved he is a threat to Formula One's best by qualifying a remarkable sixth for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Toro Rosso driver's impressive performance in wet conditions on Saturday represented the best qualifying...
  • Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Malaysian Grand Prix March 28, 2015

    Sepang: Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes he can end Mercedes' dominant run in Formula One by winning Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix after qualifying second on Saturday and ending the Silver Arrows' long run of front-row lockouts. Mercedes had taken the front two grid spots for the past nine races dating back...
  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal March 28, 2015

    Sepang, Malaysia: Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month. SIC chairman Mokhzani Tun Mahathir told The Associated Press on Saturday that the final details of the contract were being formalized...
  • Nico Rosberg heads Mercedes one-two in final practice March 28, 2015

    Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes one-two in the final free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the German edging out Lewis Hamilton by 0.184 seconds a few hours ahead of qualifying on Saturday. With track temperatures soaring up to 62 degrees Celsius early in the 60-minute session, a majority of...
  • Bernie Ecclestone warning over Italian Grand Prix March 27, 2015

    Sepang: Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he was prepared to let the Italian Grand Prix follow Germany by dropping off the Formula One calendar, in a stark warning for organisers. The F1 supremo told reporters "What goes, goes" when asked whether the historic race at Monza, first run in 1950, could...
  • Ferrari stay cool in pursuit of Mercedes March 27, 2015

    Ferrari's continued resurgence in Formula One was evident on Friday with both cars looking competitive in the first two practice sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen chased home the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in the morning and repeated the feat behind the German's team mate Lewis Hamilton in the...
  • Lewis Hamilton fastest in Malaysian Grand Prix second practice March 27, 2015

    Sepang: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton overcame major engine trouble in the morning to set the fastest time in Friday's afternoon practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Demonstrating how far clear of the field Mercedes is, Hamilton missed about two thirds of the day's running yet still set the top time of...
  • Rosberg fastest, Hamilton suffers engine issue in first practice at Malaysian GP March 27, 2015

    Sepang: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton suffered an engine failure in Friday's opening practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix while his teammate Nico Rosberg set the fastest time at Sepang International Circuit. Hamilton pulled off the track around 30 minutes into the 90-minute session, and radioed back to the pit-wall that...
  • Fit-again Valtteri Bottas makes cockpit changes for Malaysia March 26, 2015

    Valtteri Bottas is confident his back has fully healed and he will be fit for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend after the Finn missed the season-opening race in Australia despite qualifying sixth fastest in his Williams. Claiming that the pain felt "like a knife stabbing in his back"...
  • Fernando Alonso has 'zero concerns' ahead of Malaysian GP return March 26, 2015

    Sepang: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says he has "zero doubts and zero concerns" about returning to the car at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix after the pre-season testing crash that ruled him out of the Formula One season opener. Alonso was passed fit for Sunday's race after undergoing more medical tests...
  • F1: Fernando Alonso return takes focus off Mercedes March 25, 2015

    Formula One rolls into Malaysia this week for the second round of the championship at the Sepang International Circuit, where talk surrounding the utter dominance of Mercedes will for once take a back seat to the belated arrival of Fernando Alonso. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix bordered on the farcical as...
  • Fernando Alonso to return for McLaren in Malaysian Grand Prix March 23, 2015

    London: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been cleared to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix after missing the Formula One season opener following a crash in testing. McLaren says the two-time world champion has followed a "rigorous, specialized training program" since last month's accident and he has now been passed fit...
  • Fernando Alonso back at work and preparing for Malaysia March 19, 2015

    London: McLaren's Fernando Alonso put in a day's work in the team's Formula One simulator on Wednesday ahead of his expected return to the racetrack in Malaysia next week after his crash in pre-season testing. The Spaniard told his followers on Twitter that it had been a "great day" at the...
  • Nico Rosberg invites Sebastian Vettel to Mercedes debrief March 17, 2015

    Nico Rosberg has invited Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to attend Mercedes' Friday debrief at the Malaysian Grand Prix after a light-hearted exchange between the Formula One rivals last weekend. "I spoke to (Mercedes motorsport head) Toto (Wolff) and (technical head) Paddy (Lowe) about an invitation for Sebastian and they are easy with...