Vettel Moves on From Singapore Crash

Toto Wolff- Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. Credit Octane

"The high temperature conditions are tough not only for the members of the team but also for our PU, therefore it is positive that we were able to finish the sessions without any issues".

"We are thrilled the Malaysian Grand Prix will now host the F4 SEA Championship's first event of the 2017-18 season", said F1's motorsport managing director Ross Brawn.

The German has only made the podium in half of the races during that time and his early retirement in Singapore means he needs to come out fighting if he is to claim a fifth title.

Mistakes on some level are unavoidable but the severity of Vettel sandwiching Red Bull's Max Verstappen in Singapore can not be underestimated in terms of the title.

"People probably might think that I am cracking a bit under that pressure", said Gasly.

He went to Singapore three points adrift of Hamilton, starting from pole at a track that suited the Ferrari, and would have expected to regain the title lead. Daniel Ricciardo led Max Verstappen, celebrating his 20th birthday tomorrow, in a one-two finish for the former champions. The good news for Hamilton is Sebastien Vettel's 2016 Singapore Grand Prix was short-lived.

Visually it may not be one of the circuit's instantly recognisable turns, but this tightening, understeer-inducing right-hander plays a crucial role in a fast lap of Sepang. "Having said that, I'm pretty sure I can't say to you now what will be in my mind when I leave the grid - I never thought about the last race and I'm pretty sure I will be focused on seeing what I can do from that start on Sunday".

Moments later, Lewis Hamilton dipped the first kerb at the Turn 7/8 double-right and lost the rear, pitching him into a spin and across the gravel. Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas of Finland is third with 212 points. The 25 points Bottas could gain would propel him into 2nd place and within striking distance of Hamilton.

No man has won more Malaysian Grands Prix than Sebastian Vettel - and it is a record he will hold onto whatever happens on Sunday barring Fernando Alonso, a three-time victor at Sepang, scoring the unlikeliest of triumphs for McLaren.

"I had a couple of hard race weeks for myself in the last few weeks but really hoping to lift my performance this weekend", said the 28-year-old driver from Finland.

"This will be a weekend with great resonance for us, we have a very close relationship with the country, thanks to our friends at Petronas".

F1 first took place in the Asian county in 1999, but now almost 20 years on - this will be final time, perhaps ever, that they host a Grand Prix.

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