Formula One: What to watch in Malaysia

Formula One: What to watch in Malaysia

Formula One: What to watch in Malaysia

Vettel entered the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend trailing Hamilton by 28 points at the top of the drivers' championship after retiring last time out in Singapore, but bounced back by finishing six-tenths of a second clear of the field in FP1. At least Raikkonen saved face, finishing just 0.045 seconds behind Hamilton's time. Malaysia is a tough race, with high temperatures and cornering speeds. "Ticket sales have been declining since 2014 and the predictability of the sport in recent years also does not help".

The reigning GP2 champion replaces out-of-form Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso in Sepang as the 21-year-old Red Bull protege is put through his paces.

"It's a bit more painful when you get that close", the softly spoken Finnish driver said.

"We will develop other kinds of motorsports and see stronger Malaysian participation in the sports".

"There's not much you can do".

The event is among the most well-attended on the calendar, with some 135,000 spectators turning up on race day past year, second only to Silverstone's 139,000.

"Being a sportsman gives you a lot of voice", Perez told reporters.

"I myself am not able to sit in front of the television and watch from lap one until whatever lap (for) two hours".

Having been dropped by the senior team in 2016 in favour of Max Verstappen, the Russian must be feeling pretty unwanted on the subs bench.

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If it rains all bets are off, but wet conditions during first practice suggested Red Bulls would have the egde.

Having professed surprise at putting his vehicle on pole position, Hamilton could not live with the race pace of Max Verstappen - who took the second victory of his career as Red Bull won what could be the last race in Sepang.

There's no love lost between Verstappen and Vettel, and the Dutchman is in no mood to play nice with his team-mate either.

Peter Thompson, the chairman of series organiser Asian Autosport Action, said: "I apologise unreservedly for the results of race three".

The victory was the second of Verstappen's grand prix career, after a first in Spain a year ago, and came a day after his birthday. Don't scoff, because things could have been very different in Singapore.

The championship leader scorched the 5.5-kilometre long Sepang track in one minute 30.076 seconds, the fastest lap ever set at the track, to beat Kimi Raikkonen and birthday boy Max Verstappen in a hard-fought session.

According to Alonso, he left a fist-sized hole in the McLaren garage wall when he saw the replay.

He said the campaign is supported by the Carlos Slim Foundation, set up by the telecoms billionaire who has backed the Mexican's career, and will add five pesos for every one donated.

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