Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne blasts F1 team after Malaysian GP debacle

The German star looked gutted as he made an early exit from qualifying in Sepang

It's a man's race track, and the drivers love it. Such is life, Formula 1 will keep going.

F1's regulations state that a gearbox must complete six grands prix, with an automatic five-place grid demotion if they are changed out of sequence.

"So hopefully from now onwards we can build on this for the rest of the year and then have a good start to next season".

Lewis kept his foot down, but, the gremlins from Friday and Saturday sessions showed itself again, slowing the Mercedes considerably, and giving the #33 Red Bull a fighthing chance.

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"It was clear after just a few laps that both Red Bull and Ferrari had better cars than us today". That's a massive pat on the back for Adrian Newey, Rob Marshall, Paul Monaghan and all the people involved in Milton Keynes on the chassis side but also on the Viry and Renault side.

Two weeks ago in Singapore, Vettel started from pole position and looked set to regain the championship lead.

I don't think Vettel will necessarily be any more aggressive than he usually is this weekend, but he really needs a trouble free weekend from the team so that he doesn't lose any more ground in the championship.

Red Bull have what could be a developing issue in keeping its drivers happy, not an easy task when driver egos are involved. The Dutch TV guys were standing next to me and they went absolutely insane. The news was made official on Wednesday with a tweet.

Team principal Christian Horner was delighted for Verstappen, and indeed Ricciardo after a double podium celebration for Red Bull.

What TV channel is the Japanese Grand Prix on? It was an absolutely extraordinary performance.

The stewards investigated the incident but concluded neither driver was at fault. That makes a massive difference and definitely [in Malaysia] I haven't been 100 percent comfortable.

Why were Mercedes so inconsistent?

It was an interesting weekend.

"With every lap that passed [in Malaysia], I could see his price going up" Eason told BBC Radio 5 Live. Like I said, there are still many, many question marks. We know that the Pirellis are very sensitive to temperature and track conditions, to the amount of rubber on track and the asphalt.

There's a theory that the lower the surface grip, the more it hurts the Mercedes. We needed that. It's been such a great place for us for so many years.

Marchionne said the current team was still comparatively young and finding its way, after a restructuring last year, even if Ferrari had been around for 70 years. So it's normal that you try to understand things.

The unusual figure-of-eight, high downforce circuit features a mix of corners, with sweeping changes of direction, technical sections, a chicane and a hairpin.

Mercedes will be hoping they don't have any scary moments this time around, but with so much at stake, you wouldn't rule it out completely. That's a massive disappointment for them. He was to play an instrumental role in minimizing the amount of points Hamilton could gain on Vettel for the championship title, as reliability issues had forced Vettel to start from the very back of the pack. He would have been right in that fight.

The second Finn, Valterri Bottas in the other Mercedes finished a distant fifth ahead of Sergio Perez, who drove heroically for Force India despite feeling unwell.