Hamilton laments his struggles as rival Vettel fires out an early warning

Sepang circuit

Sepang circuit

Unfortunately for Vettel, a first-corner collision between himself, teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso helped Hamilton move from the fifth starting spot to take the lead and, eventually, the race win.

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 would have been more hard if I had lost the vehicle somewhere in the race, then it's obviously different", he said.

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".

Vettel essentially threw away 25 crucial points in Singapore with an aggressive line into turn one that destroyed several drivers' races and, perhaps, his championship chances.

"We have the whole race tomorrow to get back and we have to look at the positives that we have more tyres than everyone and we can maybe play with the strategy if it's a day where it could pay off to play with strategy", Vettel said. "It's over the whole year".

Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was seventh fastest overall at 0.043secs behind the Briton, was 0.7secs slower than Vettel on average on their race-simulation runs in the second part of the session. It's not the first time I'm in the situation like this and probably will not be the last time - I'm not hoping for it to happen again!

Track crew lifts the vehicle of Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France after it crashed out on Turn 14 during the second practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

Ironically, it was his rival Lewis Hamilton who needed a big race this time a year ago, and he delivered before his engine went up in flames.

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"If anything I'm more motivated", he said, when asked if the tragedy had affected his preparations for Sunday's race.

"I think it is a bad idea to switch mid-season", Child told BBC Sport.

"It's not ideal, not what you want when you think you've got it in you".

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.

Organisers said a total of 110,604 spectators went to Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur's international airport over the three days of practice, qualifying and Sunday's race.

"But then we're in the heat of this battle right now and I'm loving it more than ever".

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are complementing each other extremely well and as Ricciardo has quoted, Max brings out the best in him.

"That's impossible", a stunned Vettel said.

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