Malaysia to host its last-ever F1 race this year

F1- Malaysia Grand Prix- Sepang Malaysia 30/9/16. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg of Germany in action during first pra

Foggier conditions in the city meant the medical helicopter would have been unable to land at the designated hospital, though, a spokesperson from the sport's governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said.

Damp, soupy weather disrupted the Chinese Grand Prix's first free practice on Friday, delaying at least for a few hours the resumption of hostilities between Mercedes and Ferrari.

The 90-minute session, already suspended for the second time, was called off with five minutes remaining on the clock at a drizzly and misty Shanghai International Circuit.

The FIA this morning ruled out moving Sunday's race, which is now scheduled to start at 7am BST, to avoid the worst of the forecasted bad weather.

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The Mercedes driver has been a long-time advocate of a shake-up and soon took to Twitter to suggest Formula One's new owners Liberty Media use the delayed session to consider tweaks to the current format - which now consists of [free practice] FP1 and FP2 on Friday, FP3 and qualifying on Saturday, followed by the grand prix on Sunday. Sunday's forecast is less promising - heavy rain could bring back the vast quantities of smog.

It was over to triple world champion Hamilton to provide the action for the sparsely populated crowd as he, in rather unprecedented scenes, left his garage and walked on to the pit straight and over to his army of supporters in the main grandstand. "A chance for new bosses to be proactive and creative #switchitupF1 #bestfans".

Hamilton later told reporters: "The track was absolutely fine and we could have run all day today with no issue it if weren't for the clouds".

More than half the drivers got a crack at the circuit during a curtailed morning session, with Max Verstappen of Red Bull getting around the quickest.

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"I yearn for those kinds of battles".

Times were slow as teams ran full wets during the short Friday session.

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, and Hamilton failed to set a lap time.

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