Sebastian Vettel Had A Bizarre Crash After The Malaysian GP Finished

"I think the whole race went well, once I got past Lewis I could focus on my pace and look after the tyres".

With five rounds remaining, Hamilton's worry is clearly that despite his healthy championship lead, there might be little Mercedes can do to ensure he has race-winning machinery at his disposal.

Raikkonen was also involved in the first lap incident last time out in Singapore, meaning that the popular Finn has failed to reach the first corner in either of the last two Grand Prix. The Dutchman overhauled pole-man Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race, and took a dominant win, one day after turning 20.

Verstappen quickly pulled away, building a seven-second lead within 10 laps and, despite problems with his neck muscles in the closing laps on this demanding track, was always in control.

Vettel had surprisingly held the upper hand over Hamilton throughout practice but suffered an issue in the final session and required a new engine.

The three-time champion, who won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, is now standing at the top of the drivers' championship after winnings six out of 13 races this year. "We should have won today but we didn't have the pace".

"However, it is promising to see the auto is good, even if both Kimi [Räikkönen] and I hit trouble this weekend".

"After a weekend where we have lacked a significant chunk of performance, we couldn't have imagined such a good outcome, but we can't let that distract us from the job we have in front of us", said Wolff.

Although he wasn't able to convert his pole into a victory, Hamilton has extended his championship lead over Vettel to 34 points with five races left to run. He has been in the mix in most F1 races this year, picking up one win with six other top-3 finishes.

Daniel Ricciardo has made his intentions clear to Red Bull Racing ahead of his free agency next year.

"I think the car's going very well but they tried to fix it and then obviously had some problem".

"I think we've got to prove that we can win a title".

Mercedes struggled for speed in Malaysia but Hamilton's title hopes were aided by reliability problems for Ferrari. "I don't know how it looked from the outside", Ricciardo said. Hamilton finished the race nearly 13 seconds behind the Dutchman, as team mate Bottas ended in the fifth place behind Vettel.

"We were quicker than anticipated, to be honest with you".

  • Kyle Peterson