I'm not too anxious about the point difference, says Sebastian Vettel

I'm not too anxious about the point difference, says Sebastian Vettel

I'm not too anxious about the point difference, says Sebastian Vettel

Although Hamilton is seen as the F1 title favourite, in the second free practice (FP2) session he struggled at Sepang while Vettel set the pace. A woman looks on as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton's auto is reflected in action on her sunglasses during qualifying.

He won here in 2014, while Vettel is the most successful driver on four wins, most recently in 2015.

"I don't know what I'm able to say and not say as I don't want everyone knowing all of the problems we do have", he said. Not much you can do - I think it's part of racing. We've saved some tyres so that's a positive but it's a very bad day.

"We're definitely lacking performance, it seems like Ferrari and Red Bull are very strong", Bottas said. It's pointless to look at one race here, one race there.

Verstappen, who turned 20 on Saturday, has been strong in qualifying all season but this was just his second podium of 2017 and he put the win down to a fearless overtake on race-leader Hamilton at the start of lap four.

Those changes left drivers facing two back-to-back races in Sepang on Saturday, with no time in between for a re-fuel.

"Thank God he didn't get hurt or anything", he said Friday. The Haas and Sauber drivers made up the bottom four, with Gorsjean's mechanics facing a late night to put his vehicle back together ahead of final practice session on Saturday. "So if nothing goes wrong with the auto then he's in a really strong position". Moments before the race, mechanics wheeled Raikkonen's auto back to the garage but could not get it ready. But from the small sample of laps we can piece together, Ferrari appears to hold the edge on race pace with Red Bull second.

"It feels awesome, honestly". In Friday's second practice, Vettel was fastest ahead of Raikkonen.

"There is no real target".

"Seb came so quick at the end, I felt like I was going to have a handful", Ricciardo said.

"I've just been taking the races one at a time".

"We will have 21 exciting events to look forward to in the 2018 calendar, with the additions of the French and German races".

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Hamilton was also questioned over recent comments that he has considered retiring from the sport. A demanding track configuration coupled with torrential downpours have combined to produce some memorable races - notably in 2001 where Michael Schumacher led a Ferrari one-two in a chaotic wet/dry thriller.

Alonso was third, two seconds adrift of Verstappen as the Red Bulls proved untouchable in the wet. The Australian was furious. Vettel also has four wins this season with five other runner-up finishes.

The same day, Kimi Raikkonen celebrated his first F1 win - although the Finn wasn't getting too misty-eyed about the race's demise when asked on Thursday. "Next thing I knew I was spinning and heading for the wall", the French driver said.

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