Vettel fought bravely to protect Scuderia image in Malaysia


"I think it has provided very good racing", said Vettel, who moved up from last to fourth in Sunday's race won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

The four-time world champion was bullish on Thursday despite slipping 34 points behind Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton after finishing fourth from stone last in Malaysia last weekend.

However, despite enjoying a season-high advantage, Hamilton has insisted: "I'm not comfortable at all".

"I've got a huge amount of trust and belief in the team and I know they want to win just as much as me so collectively we'll come to an agreement and make sure it's the right decision".

"It's not done until there's nothing more to push in".

"It's tremendous for us to sign off the last grand prix in Malaysia with a double podium and a victory, the fifth that we've achieved here".

Fortunately for him, Mercedes looked vulnerable in Malaysia, with their race pace proving inferior to both the Ferraris and Red Bulls.

"It's definitely dependent on track by track", said Hamilton, who has seven race victories to his name in 2017. The sight of an engine cover being removed on the grid is never a good one, and acted like a magnet to numerous media as we watched the team work frantically on Raikkonen's auto.

Two weeks ago in Singapore, Vettel started from pole position and looked set to regain the championship lead. Now we're working on the quality department and making some organizational changes.

Verstappen wins Malaysian GP ahead of Hamilton
Hamilton came second to extend his drivers' championship lead to 34 points over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel . Then MercedesAMG found its pace out on track, with Mr.

He went into the Malaysian race trailing the Briton by 28 points.

And Ferrari's mechanics can at least breathe a sigh of relief knowing they do not need to unpack a fresh gearbox in Suzuka. "Each race is just really trying to understand more about the auto because there's constantly something new thrown in the mix, (that) can catch us off guard".

Sergio Perez was struck down with a virus in Malaysia but somehow managed the nearly superhuman effort of finishing sixth for Force India in the most physically demanding Grand Prix on the calendar.

The Sky Sports F1 pundit believes the Ferrari driver is at the top of his game, but insists he's also making life hard for himself by expressing a form of arrogance. The auto had been slower than both Ferrari and Red Bull for much of the weekend but, after storming to a surprising pole, Hamilton took 18 points which could prove vital come the end of the season.

"But it's cooler conditions, generally the hotter places we struggle a little bit more, so hopefully it'll bring it back more into our window".

"I think the team find that with me maybe", he smiled.

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Organizers said a total of 110,604 spectators went to Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur's international airport over the three days of practice, qualifying and Sunday's race.