Malaysia: Lewis Hamilton 'sad' that Formula One is losing its 'toughest' race

Rachel Hardy
October 1, 2017

I hope our auto has moved in the right direction for the race run but we will see tomorrow. "The lap time today showed that we are not quick enough".

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton can sleep easy on Saturday night after mastering his car's temperamental nature to seize pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

With Vettel at the back of the field, Raikkonen will lead Ferrari's charge after missing out on pole by a mere 0.045 seconds.

Hamilton slithered off track at one stage with both the Englishman and team-mate Valtteri Bottas complaining of a general lack of grip. "Honestly, I think it's going to be very close in the next races", said the triple champion, who has won every race since the summer break, after scoring his 60th career victory in Singapore.

"It was not as straightforward as some of the qualifying sessions go, we had some problems with engine de-rating", he said.

Neither Vettel nor Hamilton have fond memories of previous year, however with both failing to finish the race as Red Bull clinched a 1-2 with Ricciardo holding off Max Verstappen. We've been there in the past, I've seen Lewis' engine go up in smoke in Budapest in 2014.

That leaves the Mercedes team with plenty to do to beat Ferrari and Red Bull to pole position in Malyasian GP qualifying on Saturday.

"The longer I put off leaving the sport, the later my - how do I say it?"

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"For the rest of the day we will concentrate on getting the four kerbs welded back down again.they have probably become a bit worn out".

Vettel made it out for the start of Q1, but reported a loss of drive, which he described as feeling "like I have no turbo", that he couldn't fix with the switch changes suggested by his team. Everyone was trying to do his start and with the way it happened, it ended up really bad for all of us. "It looked like both Mercedes were struggling in morning and afternoon so I'm pretty sure they will be fine tomorrow".

Ricciardo said of Mercedes: "I could see fuel coming out of the fuel tank, so I think they were quite heavy today".

"I really want to improve and redeem myself because a year ago we did not achieve a great result from my side here", he told reporters in a press conference at the Galeri Petronas, here, Tuesday.

"We have limited resources".

"On paper the Ferrari is the fastest vehicle, followed by the Red Bull and then us". Vettel meanwhile abandoned his lap and limped back to the pits.

'It's part of motor racing, ' he told Sky Sports F1. "You always want to negotiate a deal when you're winning and leading the championship!" Race coverage starts at 6.30am on Sunday - with lights out at 8am.

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