Publicado: Sol, Octubre 01, 2017
Global | By Iago Denis

Hamilton seizes Malaysian pole, Vettel to start last — Motor racing

Hamilton seizes Malaysian pole, Vettel to start last — Motor racing

The Briton, however, pulled out the stops in qualifying and in the crucial top-ten shootout posted a 1 minute 30.076 second lap on his first run.

"I was comfortable with it, and it provided a stepping stone in terms of set-up".

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has been advised to use social media tactfully after posting a mock up aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

"We had no idea how it was going to go today", Hamilton agreed. The engineers did such a great job yesterday and the car felt great. I think tomorrow is a long race, it's going to be tough for tyres and I think we should have a very good car tomorrow. "I'm hoping our car has moved in the right direction for the race".

The team fitted a unit that was intended to be used in Japan next weekend, and which featured the fourth V6 and fourth MGU-H of Vettel's allocation, but an older turbo and other parts.

But Hamilton also thanked his team mechanics, who strived to find out the problems after the practice sessions.

"We will try to make sure we do the first two corners well and go from there".

But his post-August malaise is starting to concern the Mercedes boss.

The weather forecast remains a major issue for the race weekend.

"Then in qualifying, it all changed". It means he will now provisionally start last. "I didn't do anything today, this afternoon especially, so not that much to feel something about to be honest", Vettel told Sky Sports F1. But organisers, who originally had a contract to host the race until 2018, have decided to call time on it a year early due to declining ticket sales, viewership and tourism. It's only Friday, usually the day when you spend time trying various things on the car.

"It was a bad day but the race is tomorrow", Vettel said.

Raikkonen, who qualified second in Sepang, was wiped out of the Singapore Grand Prix within seconds of the start as he collided with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel after making a lightning-fast getaway.

Vettel and Ferrari had looked dominant over the Malaysia GP practice sessions prior to Saturday's shootout.

"So no one to blame, definitely".

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only manage sixth for the Silver Arrows whilst team-mate Valtteri Bottas was one place worse off in seventh, adding to the worries ahead of Saturday's qualifying. Renault's Nico Hülkenberg finished in eighth.

For the rest of the top 10, Daniel Ricciardo made it an all-Red Bull second row by taking 4th, while Bottas qualified 5th.

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