Airport, hotel, circuit - Raikkonen sees no reason to miss Malaysian GP

"Quite the contrary. I have been working very hard in the past few years to make it to F1 - why should I crack now? The vehicle felt good".

His Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was second, six-tenths of a second adrift.

Vettel will start from the very back of the grid after encountering turbo issues.

"Well, I think it would have been more hard if I had lost the vehicle 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.

Singapore's Danial Frost, who finished second in the first two races held earlier today, was declared the victor of the third race.

The big boys fancied themselves to progress on the soft compound tyre whilst every other team opted for the quicker super-soft tyre.

"It just goes to show you never know what can happen".

Two weeks ago, Vettel wasted pole in Singapore, causing a first-turn crash that took out Raikkonen, Verstappen and McLaren's Fernando Alonso with him.

The German had been quicker than title rival Lewis Hamilton, who he trails by 28 points in the standings, all weekend but required an engine change after a problem towards the end of final practice.

Raikkonen was a first-bend casualty in the Singapore carnage along with Max Verstappen.

The Finn, who recorded his maiden grand prix win at Malaysia back in 2003, thought he might have pipped Hamilton to pole but was edged out by just four-hundredths of a second. "The next thing I knew was that the vehicle was not there any more".

"The last race was a strong reminder that sport always has the power to surprise", Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. Even if the results were missing in the last three races and we lost the lead, I still have hope.

Verstappen celebrated his 20th birthday with a fine drive.

Hamilton finished 12.7 seconds adrift in second, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo completing the podium in third.

"There wasn't really much I could do there and I really had to make a decision when Max was closing down, make the decision not to fight him and risk him crashing into me because he's going to give it everything, he's got nothing to lose wheras I have everything to lose".

The Australian sensed an opportunity on Sunday.

Behind Bottas, the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were eighth and 10th, split by Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

The Malaysian Grand Prix has been a permanent fixture on the Formula One calendar since it hosted it's first race in 1999.

But, sentiment aside, it seems as though the Malaysian Grand Prix won't be deeply missed by the 37-year-old.

  • Zachary Reyes