Hamilton, loving life, seeks last hurrah in Malaysia

"Well, I think it would have been more hard if I had lost the auto somewhere in the race, and it's obviously different but with a collision at the start like that, I think. that was when we had to go to the stewards", said Vettel. He will look to score his eighth win of the season and fourth in a row in 2017.

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton was handed a lucky break in Singapore but the Mercedes driver can take little more than the heat and humidity for granted in Malaysia this weekend.

The Ferrari driver lost major ground in the race for the world title at Marina Bay after clashing with team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen off the line, leaving the door open for rival Lewis Hamilton to win the Grand Prix and extend his championship lead to 28 points.

He tried to continue the race after the collision but the damage to this vehicle was too much and he had to stop the race, reported PlanetF1.

The world champions were inexplicably off the pace on the first day of running at Sepang. 'It's more hard to be consistent and, in the very worst cases, you can develop cramps or even problems with your vision'.

Red Bull has been improving in recent weeks and looked strong in Singapore qualifying, placing both cars ahead of Hamilton and Bottas.

"We were sliding quite a lot, especially in the high-speed corners, and it was the same case in the wet, so we need to find out why. I know where I am next season so we will just have to wait". Ricciardo won the 2016 Sepang race and shared the podium with his teammate Verstappen and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning last year's championship. With things like this happening, what can you do?

"Obviously it's never good to be behind, I'd like to be in front but we're not so I'm not thinking about that". 'The seat itself is warm, and then we're surrounded in the cockpit by the electrical boxes'.

"The vehicle balance itself didn't feel too bad; it's just a question of overall grip". His victory less than 300 miles south in Singapore a fortnight ago could yet prove vital as Vettel retired following an opening-lap shunt.

China first hosted F1 at the Shanghai International Circuit back in 2004, joining the calendar as part of the sport's push into Asia that also saw the likes of Bahrain, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Korea stage races.

  • Julie Sanders