Vettel out in Q1 at Malaysian GP

Rosalie Stanley
October 1, 2017

As a result, Hamilton now has a comfortable lead in the drivers championship.

He added: "We had such a hard day (on Friday) and it was hard to know where we stood". In the wet, in the dry, on all tyres.

Speaking to Sky Sports television, Wolff said the team had struggled from the start and in both wet and dry conditions with a temperamental vehicle he has previously described as being a bit of a "diva".

"I didn't want a [performance] penalty, but there wasn't enough time and there was a risk of changing the vehicle again and maybe getting something wrong".

"The last race was a strong reminder that sport always has the power to surprise and defy all predictions", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff after the two Ferraris collided at Singapore.

Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes W08 couldn't find the pace as his teammate after a number of changes to his auto for the weekend.

"The vehicle was awful in the rain", said Hamilton.

"I'm very grateful to the team". I have a good feeling.

Hamilton had been off the pace all weekend in practice but his Mercedes stormed back in qualifying to set a lap record of 1min 30.076sec, a whisker ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

"The vehicle seems to be unbalanced and that triggers an terrible lot of consequences and it was certainly one of the worst Fridays I can remember", the Austrian said.

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"Today we arrived and the auto was much better but still it looked like Ferrari was a little bit ahead, so some big calls to make ahead of qualifying".

Raikkonen said: "Everything went smoothly, not too bad".

"In Singapore, Sebastian was first and I was fourth in qualifying so if you compare it with Mercedes, we were better", he said.

Questioned about Mercedes' apparent struggles, Vettel expressed both surprise and a degree of suspicion. "We'll try to get further than 100 metres on Sunday", Raikkonen said. Sure he will be good tomorrow. However, I do still feel like my state of mind is exactly the same as it was before. They soon went to the top of the time sheet, but only temporarily, as both Raikkonen and Verstappen went faster by less than a tenth of a second.

"In the dry we had quite a big gap to Ferrari", said Ricciardo.

"We can still improve a lot".

"We still have a tough race ahead of us and hopefully it will unfold (well)". "Then we basically didn't race". "If it rains we are there, if it's dry we need to find some speed". "Obviously we have nothing to lose if we start at the back of the grid tomorrow".

'It's part of motor racing, ' he told Sky Sports F1.

Race time is 5pm Sunday.

"Don't ever get it twisted that we don't want to kill each other out there, but there's a respect for one another's ability, and where we come from, and that really works well for us at the moment".

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