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'Surprised' Hamilton on pole, Vettel last at Malaysian GP

02 October 2017

Race leader Verstappen reacted the next lap, taking the softs, too, and rejoining ahead of Hamilton.

With Mercedes the third-quickest auto on race pace, Hamilton admits he is unsure if there will be a repeat next weekend at Suzuka.

"We'll keep trying and staying positive, aiming for the best results with the last few race of the season", said Verstappen.

When asked if the level of doubt was the same as happened after Monaco, he said: "I think they are even bigger".

"But we really need make sure we rectify them for next year's auto if we're going to have any chance of fighting both these teams next year when they step up their game", added the Briton.

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Hamilton also doesn't agree that the Mercedes has been the best vehicle in F1 this year. We definitely have work to do, that is for sure.

With the race over and drivers undergoing a warm-down lap, Vettel was cruising behind Williams' Lance Stroll before the two cars collided in a crash that inflicted serious damage to the Ferrari. The race will disappear from the calendar after Malaysia's government decided that it would no longer cover the US$67 million (S$91.4 million) a year cost of staging the money-losing event. "Being honest maybe the most hard time in my career so far in terms of how it feels every time we go in the auto", the 28-year-old Finnish driver said in the Mercedes motorhome.

One of the more entertaining, and eventually defining battles on the day was between Hamilton and Verstappen, with the Dutchman overtaking the Mercedes into Turn One on Lap 4 before maintaining a healthy gap.

Daniel Ricciardo is lucky enough to be one of 10 drivers who've won the race.

"We knew going into the race that [Ferrari] had eight tenths on us, so it's no surprise".

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It may be a little harsh on Daniil Kvyat, but Max Verstappen could be forgiven for thinking that it would be great if the Russian was dropped before every grand prix on the Formula One calendar.

Mr. Hamilton now leads Mr. Vettel in the world championship race by 28 points.

It was Max Verstappen who came home with the win at the Malaysian Grand Prix. "I was lucky to limp back to the garage so that we could have a look". I'm very grateful, : Hamilton said after the qualifying on Saturday. "(But) I have no doubt with his intelligence he is going to put the jigsaw together. He would have certainly had a strong support from the team if they went ahead and chose him over a more experienced Kvyat for the weekend.

Hamilton secured the 70th pole of his career in qualifying, and his fourth straight in Malaysia, while Vettel failed to set a time because of an engine problem.

"They were struggling in Singapore and they got lucky with the first corner shunt". "I knew Lewis had more to lose as he was fighting for the championship".

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Ricciardo then made it a double podium for Red Bull. "Red Bull might be able to get between Ferrari and Mercedes and add some pain in there".

'Surprised' Hamilton on pole, Vettel last at Malaysian GP