Hamilton 2nd in Sepang as Verstappen wins Malaysian GP

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"We didn't have the pace here this weekend".

Mr. Hamilton was just 5th quickest in FP3, the mood in the Ferrari garage was very good, but that was before the Ferrari engine failed.

Saturday, MercedesAMG's Lewis Hamilton clinched Pole position at Sepang, while, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel suffered engine issues, putting him at the back of the grid for Sunday's race. The title race continues next weekend at the Japanese GP in Suzuka.

Hamilton had endured a torrid Friday as his Mercedes took a dislike to an aerodynamic upgrade package.

During the time that Schumacher was with Scuderia Ferrari, they won five world championships. "There are some real big problems that I can't really explain to you". The Finn never made it back out, and Ferrari's only chance was left in the hands of Sebastian Vettel, who was starting dead last. Of course Lewis is fighting for the championship as well, we all know that.

Mercedes is moving closer to a fourth straight drivers' and constructors' championship, although fortunes might change for Vettel if he maintains his pace.

"I enjoyed the race today".

"It was a much better weekend than we had anticipated after our Friday, considering the issues we did have with the auto this is a good result". But, as title rival Vettel battled his way forward from the back, Hamilton did not have it all his own way and was soon reeled in and passed by Verstappen at the start of lap four.

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

Vettel then encountered further problems in the first part of qualifying when his vehicle lost power.

It was Verstappen's second career grand prix victory but only his second podium finish in a 2017 season which has seen him fail to finish seven of the 15 races.

Ferrari said they did not yet know the extent of the damage to the gearbox. Chassis-wise, for sure we are the best now.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo then brought the second Red Bull vehicle home in third to complete the podium.

"That was the present I gave Max - half a tenth", laughed Ricciardo.

It's been a remarkable turnaround from his disappointing start to the season at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, where he retired midway through the race with mechanical problems.

The race will disappear from the calendar after Malaysia┬┤s government decided it would no longer cover the $67 million a year cost of the event.