Hamilton and Bottas hoping for 1-2 finish at M'sian GP

  • Hamilton and Bottas hoping for 1-2 finish at M'sian GP

Hamilton and Bottas hoping for 1-2 finish at M'sian GP

Raikkonen said that in order to assess his team's performance fans have to look at the whole year's results, not just the Belgian, Italian and Singaporean Grand Prix events where Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes prevailed, reports Efe news agency.

"I think it's going to be very close in the next races", said Hamilton, who has won every grand prix since the mid-season break, after celebrating his 60th career victory.

Speaking to the press ahead of what is scheduled to be the last Grand Prix to take place in Malaysia, with the circuit not being contracted for the 2018 season or beyond, Raikkonen said: "To be honest I don't know if we're gonna miss it".

HAVING taken a 25-point dive to Lewis Hamilton in the championship last time out, Sebastian Vettel is hoping to claw some of that deficit back this weekend in Malaysia.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Ferrari driver, remains bullish that the 28-point F1 championship gap to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton can still be bridged. "It's over the whole year".

Hamilton had been off the pace all weekend in practice but his Mercedes stormed back in qualifying to set a lap record of 1min 30.076sec, a whisker ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

"I myself am not able to sit in front of the television and watch from lap one until whatever lap (for) two hours". We have been able to some extent put Malaysia on the map of the world by hosting the F1 race. "I think we can not finish fifth but we try to finish seventh", Steiner said. "I'm hoping our auto has moved in the right direction for the race".

"In a wet start it's very hard because the cars are very close together and the visibility is low, so you don't know where all the cars are all around you". I think it's part of racing.

The 21-year-old lost out to Renault-bound team mate Carlos Sainz by less than two-tenths of a second. The lights went off, we did our start, everyone was trying to do his start, and with the way it happened it ended up really bad for all of us.

But even if another engine mishap befalls Hamilton, the three-time world champion is very much in the box seat after Singapore, says Alan Baldwin, Reuters motorsport correspondent. We need to focus that we stay stable year-to-year, not just one year up and down because then you create a wave-effect and you never get a grip of what you're doing.

"Not for a second am I thinking about that [the championship]", he said. In 2013, Vettel famously ignored team orders and overtook Red Bull teammate and race leader Mark Webber before taking the checkered flag.

Hamilton was joined on the podium by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, who got his seventh podium of the campaign with his second-placed finish and Valtteri Bottas finished third for the fourth time this season.