F1 Loses Out to Motorcycle Grand Prix in Malaysia

F1 Loses Out to Motorcycle Grand Prix in Malaysia

F1 Loses Out to Motorcycle Grand Prix in Malaysia

With mechanics unable to fix Vettel's Ferrari before the end of Q1 the German will start from the back of the grid unless there are penalties for other drivers.

With less than 10 minutes before qualifying, Ferrari's mechanics hurriedly wheeled Raikkonen's auto back to the garage.

"It feels like I have no turbo", he said over team radio as he crawled back to the pits in his first qualifying stint. "I have a good feeling about it". He has been the best driver in the series outside of Hamilton.

Having won the last two races, he has put Mercedes back on top and favorite to secure the drivers' and constructors' championship for a fourth straight year.

The Malaysian race is leaving the F1 calender after this season after 19 years and rain before the start hinted at a possible thriller. Speaking to reporters yesterday, the four-time champion said he had moved on from the Singapore crash and wasn't fazed by the deficit to Hamilton that he now faces. I'm told Toro Rosso Honda will likely field Gasly and Kvyat next year, but only because there's no one else available from the Red Bull stable. He faded back to fifth in his Mercedes.

"Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable".

Daniel Ricciardo, who led Verstappen in a one-two for Red Bull in Malaysia a year ago, will start fourth. He can ill afford another blip in Malaysia, where the intense heat and stifling humidity make it one of Formula One's toughest races.

Despite Hamilton's pole position, Mercedes hadn't looked comfortable all weekend in Malaysia's humid conditions and throughout the race both cars seemed to struggle to match the pace of the Red Bulls.

Qualifying is on Saturday at 7am and 9am and the race starts on Sunday at 9am. Obviously that didn't happen today. "If the safety auto comes out in a moment that suits you, it could bring you back into the game". We had to start last but certainly it was more entertaining, the first couple of laps in particular. "If they finished the races as they should have performed, we would not have increased our points advantage, but would have lost many points to them".


'Daniel was always known as a fast qualifier but I am faster by three or four tenths on average, ' he said.

"I'm very grateful to the team. But we managed to bring it home".

Kane Shepherd was the sole driver to complete the seventh lap of the race, only to also hit empty coming out of Turn 2, leaving all of the cars parked up on the circuit short of full distance. I was there already and we had contact. This could be why we are seeing some teams go quite conservative with their choices, wanting to evaluate the wear differences between the soft and supersoft tyres before committing to a strategy.

Stroll: "The race wasn't going on so it wasn't intentional for either of us".

Vettel trails Hamilton by 28 points in the overall standings heading into Sunday's race.

It was also his ninth of the season and fifth in Malaysia.

"Whether it was in the wet, the dry, long runs or single lap, we lacked pace", Wolff said. He is a four-time victor of this race, last claiming the victory in 2015.

"The race is tomorrow not today".

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