Mercedes have won all but one race this season and arrive at the Sepang circuit 222 points clear of closest challengers Red Bull.
F1 faces a major shake-up after US cable TV mogul John Malone's Liberty Media agreed to take control of the cash-generating sport.
Nico Rosberg's win at the Singapore Grand Prix brought him back top, with the German eight points clear of Lewis Hamilton with six rounds to go.
Fernando Alonso also said that the aim is to fight for the championship next season, when the sport undergoes a major rules revamp.
Felix Damm, Michael Schumacher's lawyer, has told a court in Germany that the former Ferrari driver 'cannot walk' following his skiing injury.
A marshal was still on the tracks clearing debris when the cars were cleared to start lap three during Singapore Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo dwelt on the positives of a second place finish after a bold tyre strategy fell agonisingly short as Nico Rosberg held on for a narrow victory.
Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth just behind Lewis Hamilton, while teammate Sebastian Vettel finished fifth in an impressive performance.
Lewis Hamilton had a frustrating weekend in Singapore and was off the pace of Nico Rosberg in all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race.
Toto Wolff was delighted to see Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finish first and third after struggling at the circuit a year ago.
Nico Rosberg claimed his eighth victory of the season at the Singapore GP in his 200th race, but was threatened by Daniel Ricciardo.
Sergio Perez drove brilliantly and recovered well from his penalised 17th starting position to earn the points fro the Silverstone-based outfit.
Bernie Ecclestone warned he could walk away from the sport he's turned into a global phenomenon if he doesn't get his way under new owners Liberty Media.
Nico Rosberg trails championship leader and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by two points in the championship.
Nico Rosberg edged out Max Verstappen in final practice of Singapore Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton still struggling ahead of qualifying.
Formula One teams said that the changes prompted by the takeover of the sport will not come anytime soon.
Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in practice, while teammate Lewis Hamilton could manage seventh after being hampered by a hydraulics failure.
Sergio Perez expects to announce his 2017 Formula One plans before the month is out, with a new contract at his Force India team
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo said there was no escape from the stifling heat in the cockpit and drivers got little respite for the duration of the race.
Ferrari were expected to mount a serious challenge to Mercedes this term but the German team have won 13 of 14 races.
Lewis Hamilton leads his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by two points with seven rounds remaining in the season.
The only son of a world champion to also win the Formula One title, Damon Hill took on Germany's Michael Schumacher in some of the great duels.
Williams have recruited former Ferrari tyre performance head Antonio Spagnolo to help analyse their Formula One rivals' strengths.
Force India rubbished media reports that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is buying the Formula 1 team.
Formula One's ownership rights have changed hands after US based Liberty Media bought stake in largely Europe based sport.
Jean Todt said the FIA welcomed the long-term investment by a company with extensive interests in sport, media and entertainment.
The buyout could accelerate the exit of 85-year-old Bernie Ecclestone, the Briton who has run the sport for nearly 40 years.
The first part of a broader deal for the takeover of Formula One by Liberty Media could be announced on Wednesday.
F1's largest and controlling shareholder is preparing to sell the business to U.S. media conglomerate Liberty Media for around $8.5 billion.
Lewis Hamilton finished the Italian Grand Prix in second position behind teammate Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari fans are among the most passionate on the F1 calendar and Sebastian Vettel said that gives him extra motivation.
Nico Rosberg's first victory at the historic circuit outside Milan was his seventh of the season, one more than Hamilton, and 21st of his career.
Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion with 301 grands prix to his credit, still has the possibility to drive in 2018, by which time he will be 38.
Jenson Button had outlined plans at the Italian Grand Prix to step back next year and become a team 'ambassador' rather than race driver.
Lewsi Hamilton equalled the record of five poles at Monza held by late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio and Brazilian Ayrton Senna.
Lewis Hamilton can celebrate his 50th grand prix win on Sunday to leave Europe with a firm grip on the championship.