Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

Formula One a tough sell for Malaysia, says promoter

Formula One a tough sell for Malaysia, says promoter

He was exonerated from blame for the Singapore crash by stewards, but many observers felt the four-time world champion was at fault as he had forced Verstappen towards Raikkonen. "I was spinning and heading to the wall", Grosjean said, after reviewing footage.

Hamilton now has 281 points to Vettel's 247 with five races remaining.

"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. "So we shall see tomorrow whether that is still the case - but I think we made some changes going into qualifying that should suit the vehicle better for tomorrow, so I'm hopefully that we will be there or thereabouts".

Among them is businessman K. Cerethar, 45, who strongly believes the F1 would return to Sepang in the next few years.

"The vehicle seems to be unbalanced and that triggers an terrible lot of consequences and it was certainly one of the worst Fridays I can remember".

The first race, which was scheduled to be held after the second F1 free practice yesterday, was brought over to today due to the accident involving Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean.

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He now has a mountain to climb as he is 28 points behind Hamilton in the title chase. What's done is done.

"The lap time is reality, the stopwatch always tells the truth".

Even in the final sector, which consists mainly of two long straights, the Mercedes drivers were over 0.5s off Ferrari, leaving the world champions scratching their heads ahead of Saturday's qualifying session.

"In Singapore, Sebastian was first and I was fourth in qualifying so if you compare it with Mercedes, we were better", he said.

"This will give us the opportunity to evaluate Pierre on track during a proper race weekend", team principal Franz Tost said.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas struggled with grip and went off track into the gravel within moments of each other.

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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.

The session was not restarted, with Formula One race director Charlie Whiting driving out in the safety auto to inspect the damaged drain.

Sunday's race was Malaysia's last, with organisers expecting a record turnout for the grand prix since it was first hosted by the Sepang Circuit in 1999.

But the German has launched comebacks in the past, including in 2010 when he clinched his maiden title despite trailing Hamilton by 31 points at the same stage.

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton was handed a lucky break in Singapore but the Mercedes driver can take little more than the heat and humidity for granted in Malaysia this weekend.

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