As usual, we will start to get a clearer idea of what the teams are thinking once practice gets underway on Friday.
"I definitely have thought about (retirement)", the Mercedes driver admitted on a British TV chat show at the weekend.
Fernando Alonso has been struggling all year with the power unit reliability issues that will see McLaren switch from Honda to Renault in 2018, but Boullier is at least confident the Spaniard himself will remain cool. Many of them rate it among their favourite circuits - or in Haas's Romain Grosjean's case, as his very favourite.
After Toro Rosso replaced Daniil Kvyat with Red Bull reserve driver Pierre Gasly, the GP2 champion is relishing the prospect of making his maiden F1 outing.
"When you're in Formula One you're in the spotlight, you're at the top of the world, then it's downhill from then on". Hamilton was on course to leapfrog the German in the standings before his engine gave up on lap 40.
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene vowed to keep the pressure on Mercedes.
Vettel left Singapore without speaking to the media following the stewards' investigation having previously offered little insight into what happened. So it's about trying to identify that and then try to target that.
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Hamilton to join the Malaysia multiple winners?
But a group of over-exuberant Aussie fans were arrested for celebrating by stripping down to their underwear, a huge no-no in conservative Malaysia.
Daniel Ricciardo's victory was overshadowed by Hamilton's emotion-fuelled outburst that he was the victim of a Mercedes conspiracy after his engine exploded spectacularly when leading with just 15 laps to go. If you dip just once with your hydration, it takes a long time to get back on track.
The two long straights that dominate Sepang also create two of the best overtaking points, but there are more passing places than meet the eye here.
The government, he said, was forking out $67 million annually to stage the race. I have great memories of my time there and the atmosphere is always great.
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