Vettel 'not fussed' about points deficit to Hamilton

Vettel 'not fussed' about points deficit to Hamilton”

This weekend Formula 1 farewells Malaysia. After all, it was the circuit where Raikkonen won his first ever Formula One race way back in 2003. The fireworks started early in Singapore with a controversial wreck at the start.

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. "Red Bull looked very fast in the mixed conditions this morning, in the damp and wet on the intermediate tyres", added Vettel.

Meanwhile, Mercedes endured what their head of motorsport Toto Wolff labelled "one of the worst Fridays I can remember" as Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas struggled.

He now has a mountain to climb as he is 28 points behind Hamilton in the title chase. "But I'm pretty sure they will be fine tomorrow".

Although Japan was an established destination in the world of F1, the introduction of the malaysian Grand Prix in 1999 heralded a new dawn in the sport.

Vettel posted the fastest lap in his Ferrari.

He said: "Malaysia had a good run but the emergence of Singapore and its iconic night race in the city's centre also had an effect and perhaps the time is right".

Hamilton was sixth and Bottas seventh. The 25 points Bottas could gain would propel him into 2nd place and within striking distance of Hamilton.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner said the incident which saw his team's driver Romain Grosjean crash out of FP2 in Sepang "shouldn't happen" on a modern-day race circuit.

He also finished first there during the 2008 F1 season. There is a fundamental issue in the auto that we need to find out.

More importantly, will Red Bull dominate again in 2017 just as they did in 2016?

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are complementing each other extremely well and as Ricciardo has quoted, Max brings out the best in him.

The gap between the two is the biggest it has been all year and Hamilton will not need to win another race this year to clinch his fourth title if he triumphs on Sunday with Vettel lower than second.

Australia's Ricciardo, who won in Malaysia a year ago ahead of his Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, finished in front of the Dutchman again, who was sixth fastest on his 20th birthday. In 2013, Vettel famously ignored team orders and overtook Red Bull teammate and race leader Mark Webber before taking the checkered flag. "I want to have a good Sunday, finally".

The Frenchman was drafted in at the last minute to replace Daniil Kvyat because of the Russian's underwhelming form and qualified in 15th, just one place and 0.156secs behind team-mate Carlos Sainz despite a slow gear change.

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