Hammer time in Japan for defiant Hamilton

Hammer time in Japan for defiant Hamilton

Hammer time in Japan for defiant Hamilton

"We're still leading the championship, we've still got a great auto, each race is just really trying to understand more about the vehicle because there's constantly something new thrown in the mix, [that] can catch us off guard".

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel in the Driver's Championship at the Japanese Grand Prix.

"I enjoyed the race today". A similar scenario is playing out now: Ferrari has shown the performance is currently there to win on every circuit if it produces faultless weekends, but you just can't see it happening.

He said: "You can never predict how the rest of the season will go but we keep improving the auto and it is looking positive".

Natalie Pinkham is joined by former F1 driver John Watson and three-time Le Mans winning engineer Leena Gade to review the Malaysia GP.

Ferrari have confirmed that Sebastian Vettel's gearbox is race-ready for the Japanese Grand Prix, sating fears over a potential grid penalty.

"It's not done until there's nowhere left to push it basically", added Hamilton, who has won seven of the 15 races so far this year. Like the kind of racing finish you'd see in a wondrous alternate universe that we've all secretly wished for since Talladega Nights came out, every vehicle was out of the race before it ended. "We are behind on points if we look at the championship, so we need to score much more than them". 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 vehicle.

The Englishman says some working practices will be changed from this weekend. Certainly they seem less consistent, there are more ups and downs than we've seen in the past. "It was just a very odd incident.Obviously the race wasn't going on so it wasn't intentional for either of us", said the eighth-placed finisher.

Jolyon Palmer's future in F1 continues to look bleak as the Renault driver heads to Suzuka still searching for a drive in 2018.

Hamilton snatched the title lead from Vettel at Monza last month but Mercedes, who have dominated the sport in recent years, face a growing threat from Ferrari and Red Bull.

The setbacks arguably deal a costlier blow to Vettel, who is locked in a championship battle with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton.

"As a team we have been the most reliable, we've done a better job", he said. "But still we have a lot of work to do with the auto, some of the corners really magnified the issues we have".

After hosting the Formula One (F1) World Championship for 19 years, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on Sunday bid farewell to the once most anticipated auto race in the world.

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