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Raikkonen will not change plans to help Vettel

01 October 2017

Mercedes struggled to get its upgraded F1 auto working properly throughout the free practice sessions at the Sepang circuit, but turned things around just in time for Hamilton to get the job done in qualifying. "I thought my vehicle was not too bad but we didn't do too many timed laps and we can go an terrible lot faster". "I'm sorry for what happened to Sebastian and it is a real surprise to be up here with these guys", Hamilton said.

Sharing his views was Bottas, who is now in third position with 212 points, but looking motivated to bring home glory as well as to chase Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who is in second place.

"It's very bitter, but this is motor racing", Vettel said after qualifying after watching championship leader Lewis Hamilton beat Raikkonen to pole position.

"But I can feel for Ferrari and I can feel for Sebastian because I know it's a hard situation".

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"You can compare Malaysia to Silverstone probably, where we were very good, but there is a fundamental issue with the vehicle that we need to find out".

"It is always a special thing when you can extract more from the vehicle than it is willing to go". "That's what I've always enjoyed".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix as title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled in his Mercedes.

The German team have struggled all weekend with what Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Saturday described as a "capricious" auto. "He'd been driving well all weekend, very, very quick, between him and Kimi".

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he would like to negotiate a new contract with Mercedes.

Hamilton had been close on pace with team-mate Valtteri Bottas for much of the weekend, yet beat the other Mercedes man by nearly seven tenths in Q3. "We'll see. I haven't seen any simulations yet, but in terms of speed we should get back to the leading group and we'll have to see how far up [we can be]". For the Renault's it has been a tough weekend where both cars struggled with grip and failed to get the right balance. That is why we ended up staying on it.

The Silver Arrows were first to emerge from the pits at the start of Q2, as Hamilton, I'm sure was delighted at hearing his championship challenger was absent from the session.

With three different team drivers in the top three, and each one being excellent with their start line performances, a repeat of Singapore is what Hamilton would possibly not want.

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Even with Vettel starting at the back, Hamilton will have his work cut out on Sunday with Raikkonen's Ferrari starting alongside him and the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo on the second row. "The lap time today showed that we are not quick enough".

Raikkonen will not change plans to help Vettel