Airport, hotel, circuit - Raikkonen sees no reason to miss Malaysian GP

by Steven Clarke September 30, 2017, 0:13

Understandably, given that it has not won a driver's championship since Raikkonen's title in 2007, Ferrari was not impressed.

"It's a bit of up and down with the performance of the auto", Wolff said.

"It's been a very hard day", said Hamilton. We need to find out overnight what it is.

"There is a fundamental issue in the auto that we need to find out", he stated.

"I think it is a bad idea to switch mid-season", Child told BBC Sport. We had quite limited running because of the rain in the morning. We weren't able to get that many laps in and obviously the red flag cost us a bit of time as well.

"So we're looking very carefully at the set-up and the configuration of the vehicle just to try and understand what's gone wrong", he continued. "The engineers will do a lot of analysis tonight and the guys back at the factory will be working overtime to try and understand it to see if they can rectify it".

Mercedes also has the upper hand in the constructors' championship with 475 points, ahead of Ferrari (373 points).

Razali said Malaysia, whose circuit is popular with drivers, would be happy to come back if Formula One delivered a show that would bring in the fans and keep them on the edge of their seats. The weather tomorrow will play a big part, but for me it doesn't matter if it's wet or dry.

Raikkonen said: "Everything went smoothly, not too bad".

Questioned about Mercedes' apparent struggles, Vettel expressed both surprise and a degree of suspicion. It looked like Mercedes were both struggling in the morning and afternoon.

"I don't think that's what motivates him". However, the words of the US President fell on deaf ears as players, coaches and staff across the country joined the protest, with over 200 players choosing to kneel, sit, pray or raise a clenched fist as the Star-Spangled Banner rang out at games last weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo, who led a one-two with team mate Max Verstappen in last year's Malaysian race, ended the day third fastest ahead of the Dutchman. "It doesn't change anything for how we tackle the last races", Vettel said. "We need to find a better compromise on low fuel and high fuel".

"If we can focus on ourselves, we can still improve". We have some work to do if we want to be on the front row tomorrow.

"We have recorded 65 percent more ticket sales than past year", said Razali.

Vettel posted the fastest lap in his Ferrari.

Alonso told Sky Sports F1 that if Vettel wants to remain in the title race then the German can not make anymore mistakes.

And Asia's second-oldest race after Japan is not likely to return any time in the near future, the circuit's CEO Razlan Razali said in an interview.

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