Malaysian fans hope F1 will make a return

  • Malaysian fans hope F1 will make a return

Malaysian fans hope F1 will make a return

"Considering this is the last race in Malaysia, I persuaded my family and friends to see the race", he said, hoping the Malaysian Grand Prix would make a return.

"It's normal that you try to understand things". The driver who was on pole for the race, Danial Frost, ended up officially "winning". We have seen a couple from Sebastian.

"Until I've actually got it sown up, you've got to keep pushing".

The one chance that Vettel had to overtake Ricciardo was aggressively defended by the Australian.

He said: "I'm not comfortable at all".

Verstappen's sizzling performance in Malaysia suggests he may have turned the corner after retiring from seven of the first 15 races this season. That's a massive pat on the back of Adrian Newey, Rob Marshall, Paul Monaghan and all the people in Milton Keynes involved on the chassis side and also the people from the Viry-Chatillon Renault side.

"Suzuka will always be a special place for me because I made my Formula One debut there, " Verstappen said.

Friday in Malaysia quickly revealed a similar pecking order, with Ferrari and Red Bull the fastest two teams and Mercedes floundering behind them.

"The race went very well, he added. For me it was a very painful Sunday".

Arguably the third fastest vehicle in Singapore and again in Malaysia, Wolff reckons the Japanese GP result is by no means set in stone. Lewis, Hamilton, however produced a stunning qualifying lap to leapfrog competition and set a time which ultimately proved to be unbeatable, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen just 0.045 seconds (less than the time it takes one to blink) slower than the Brit. However Malaysia proved that Mercedes still have some way to go to master their vehicle and that despite the points advantage they could take nothing for granted.

"But what I do know is this vehicle can win more races and I plan to see that that happens".

"It's part of motor racing so ..." We saw it on a Friday in Baku, for example, or on a Friday and Saturday in Budapest, where suddenly, when the track rubbers-up on a Sunday, the vehicle comes alive.

Vettel had put in a hugely impressive performance to battle hard and claw back some of the huge deficit he surrendered following a nightmare in qualifying.

There could be a further twist for Ferrari at the high-speed Japanese circuit as the German faces a possible five-place grid penalty if he needs a new gearbox after a collision with Lance Stroll's Williams following Sunday's race.

For Ferrari, the sense of frustration had been present all weekend.

"We'll check [the gearbox] but yeah, that could be another bad surprise this weekend", Vettel said.

'(It was) completely unnecessary but I think he just didn't look.