Lewis Hamilton: 'I don't want team orders to decide championship'

Kimi Raikkonen keeps Ferrari top in final Malaysia GP practice

As most fans prepare for the final Malaysian Grand Prix, this weekend also marks the first round of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship.

Neither Vettel nor Hamilton have fond memories of past year, however, with both failing to finish the race as Red Bull clinched a 1-2 with Ricciardo holding off Max Verstappen. The top two drivers this season will be hoping to have much better days in 2017 than what they had in Malaysia past year.

Tickets for next month's MotoGP race, which the track will continue to host, are already sold out. The fireworks started early in Singapore with a controversial wreck at the start.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest, six-tenths of a second adrift.

Raikkonen said that the championship was "up and down (.) In the end the whole season is one season and in the end wherever the points are, are the best".

Hamilton, the only black driver in F1's history, urged his followers to read about the issue, signing off his message with #Takeaknee.

Can Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari bounce back from their Singapore nightmare?

Hamilton and Mercedes have only won at Sepang once, in comparison to Ferrari - who have dominated in Malaysia with seven wins, and four to Vettel. Admittedly, the 2018 rubber is much harder wearing than previous years, but this could still cause high degradation leading to two, or maybe even three-stop strategies. That failure cost him 25 points and ultimately the title that went to now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg.

It is also something of a bogey track for Hamilton, who has only won once there in 10 attempts, and was where he effectively lost the 2016 title 12 months ago.

The start-line carnage that wiped out all three drivers' hopes cleared the way for Hamilton to win from fifth place on the grid. Other short odds to win are Sebastian Vettel (+150) and Valtteri Bottas (+550).

"My victory past year in Malaysia was definitely unexpected", said Ricciardo, who was second in Singapore. If we have any chance of seeing a great championship battle down the stretch, Vettel will need to close the gap this weekend.

Excited is something of an understatement as Ricciardo puts his hands up and spins around to the beat in a truly memorable performance (maybe he'd had one too many Red Bulls). "At the last race the vehicle was really good in the rain, this morning the auto was just as bad as it was in P2 in the dry".

It was nearly seven-tenths of a second behind Kimi Raikkonen, who topped the timesheets, and half a second behind title rival Sebastian Vettel, who was second-fastest but suffered engine problems late on.

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