(Update) Hamilton takes pole, Vettel starts from back at Sepang

(Update) Hamilton takes pole, Vettel starts from back at Sepang

(Update) Hamilton takes pole, Vettel starts from back at Sepang

Those laps, particularly the first Q3 lap, was very well out together, a very nice lap, I didn't know where it came from to be honest so a little surprised in myself. I hope our auto has moved in the right direction for the race run but we will see tomorrow. "The vehicle felt good".

Luck was also on Hamilton's side as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, his main rival in the fight for the world championship title, suffered engine issues.

On a track that suits Red Bull well, a similar grid position on Sunday would be ideal for Vettel — providing he can avoid crashing again.

Bottas said after qualifying he regretted sticking with Mercedes' new-for-Malaysia aero updates following the team's disastrous Friday showing, while Hamilton reverted to the older specification overnight.

"It's very bitter but then it's motor racing", said the four-times champion, who ran into trouble in Saturday's final practice session and had his engine changed before qualifying.

"We had such a hard day yesterday (Friday), did not know where we stood and did not know whether we could fix the issue, it was hard to sleep", said Hamilton.

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"They are taking away the toughest, if not the toughest race of the season", Hamilton said this week at an event by Mercedes backer Petronas in Kuala Lumpur. I expect that we get back, we have a quick vehicle - meaning get back to the leading group. "It's more hard to be consistent and, in the very worst cases, you can develop cramps or even problems with your vision". Verstappen was taken out in the Vettel crash two weeks ago in Singapore and is due for a strong finish.

Vettel, who holds the second place behind the world championship leader Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton, had to return to the garage at low speed to check the detected malfunction with just over four minutes remaining in the third free practice. "Obviously, on Sunday all three of us were unhappy, but you move on", he said.

"Don't ever get it twisted that we don't want to kill each other out there, but there's a respect for one another's ability, and where we come from, and that really works well for us at the moment". "I don't know whether he feels pressure". We try to make it through the first few corners and go from there. Following the Australian, was Mercedes driver Valterri Bottas who clocked the fifth fastest time, two-tenths slower than the Red Bull ahead of him.

Max Verstappen, celebrating his 20th birthday, was third.

Excited is something of an understatement as Ricciardo puts his hands up and spins around to the beat in a truly memorable performance (maybe he'd had one too many Red Bulls).

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