Mercedes hit problems but Lewis Hamilton extends F1 title lead

Mercedes hit problems but Lewis Hamilton extends F1 title lead

Mercedes hit problems but Lewis Hamilton extends F1 title lead

Since signing a new Mercedes contract for next year, Bottas has hit a poor spell of form and he finished fifth.

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And Hamilton told Sky F1's Craig Slater he had a fourth championship on his mind as the charging Red Bull approached.

Behind Raikkonen at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix will feature two of the pilot "Red bull" - Verstappen and Ricardo.

Max Verstappen says his Malaysia Grand Prix victory as come "at a very good time" after a tough 2017 Formula 1 campaign hampered by crashes and mechanical woe.

"For sure it's hard". "If you're one second off the pace it's not nice and it definitely is stressful".

After attempting one move on Ricciardo with six laps remaining, Vettel lost pace and was forced to settle for fourth - 16 places ahead of where he started. I didn't sleep very well last night, probably like all my engineers as well, because we didn't know whether we were going to fix the issue or not.

When Kvyat was demoted to Toro Rosso from Red Bull Racing in May 2015, Verstappen replaced him at the Austrian team and promptly went out and won his first race for them in Spain. "For various reasons there are still various question marks".

"I just want to perform".

"Anything can happen - you saw that in Singapore two weeks ago how everything can change".

Verstappen's Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo, last year's victor at Sepang, finished third.

Heading into the summer break, Bottas was touted as an outsider for the F1 title.

Gasly didn't get involved in any scuffle on the track and responded far better than many expected. They were struggling for pace here and that's why I think Lewis is a little bit downbeat about it. "When you have a hard day, when the shit really hits the fan, that is when there are more questions and you go into more detail".

Mr. Hamilton in Q3 he produced a sensational lap of 1 min, 30.076 secs to best the competition, Mr. Raikkonen could only get to within 0.232 secs of the Mr. Hamilton.

Hamilton, who finished second in Malaysia, has transformed complicated practice sessions into pole positions and valuable points. The Brit has extended his lead on the points table by 34 points over Vettel, while Bottas is a distant third with a difference of 59 points over teammate Hamilton.

"Big congratulations to Max", Hamilton said. "I think that is the first time I have had that in my career". I used my battery as much as I could. And although his 15th place finish does not indicate a lot about his performance over the weekend, he's handled everything thrown at him over the three days quite well.

The victory was the second of Verstappen's grand prix career, after a first in Spain past year, and came a day after his birthday.

This weekend Formula 1 farewells Malaysia.

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