THE race was moved from its March date to October to allow organisers the opportunity to upgrade the circuit.
The circuit was resurfaced and drainage was improved.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo claimed his fourth career win in Formula 1 after Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who started from pole, had to walk away from the track after his car’s engine blew up with 16 laps to go.
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished second to give Red Bull Racing their first onetwo since Brazil in 2013.
Nico Rosberg recovered from a spin to finish third for Mercedes.
Tan Sri Azman Yahya was appointed as SIC chairman while Usher headlined the postrace concert. first-lap