Hamilton can sleep easy after taking Malaysia pole

Red Bull Dominates First Practice Session at Malaysia GP

Red Bull Dominates First Practice Session at Malaysia GP

Following closely, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo will start third and fourth respectively.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is leading after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crashed out of contention on the first corner in Singapore.

I hope for a clean race for a change after too many people being knocked out by over-ambitious moves in recent races.

Stevenage-born Hamilton added: "I had a great group of people who were in front of my garage today all day long, sending really positive energy".

"It is definitely sad to think this is the last race", Hamilton told a news conference organised by his Mercedes team's Malaysian oil sponsor Petronas.

Vettel failed to make it back into Q1 and was thus eliminated, Ferrari were now focused on making the auto faster for the main race.

"You can compare Malaysia to Silverstone probably, where we were very good, but there is a fundamental issue with the auto that we need to find out".

"The lights went off, we did our start". We've saved some tyres so that's a positive but it's a very bad day. But there's not much you can do.

"I think in the dry the podium is there, especially with Vettel down at the back", he said, wary of the ever-present possibility of rain in tropical Sepang. He has two wins on the year and four runner-up finishes.

The Silver Arrows were first to emerge from the pits at the start of Q2, as Hamilton, I'm sure was delighted at hearing his championship challenger was absent from the session.

Red Bull Dominates First Practice Session at Malaysia GP

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:30.076 2.

Obviously, the points championship at this point is Lewis Hamilton's to lose. What's done is done.

"Tokyo is so unique and I love all the local food, I actually have a table booked at a sushi restaurant that I have wanted to visit since past year".

Raikkonen also agreed that there was no point in dwelling on what happened and believes Ferrari could still take plenty of positives from Singapore.

"We had no idea what was going to happen today", said Hamilton, who had endured a torrid Friday as his Mercedes took a dislike to an aerodynamic upgrade package and he finished sixth in both practice sessions. "Then we basically didn't race".

"We have all of our gear on and the vehicle is hot as well", Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said.

Hamilton, who won in Malaysia in 2014, said he was disappointed the race was coming to an end.

Kimi Raikkonen insists his race tactics for the Malaysian Grand Prix will not be impacted by the fact Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel starts from the back of the grid.

Vettel is now 28 points behind Hamilton in the fight for the title after the Briton's hat-trick of wins, but the German shone here.

Sebastian Vettel, with 235 points, now trails Lewis Hamilton (263) by a margin of 28 points in the 2017 Formula One World Drivers' Championship.

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