Final Malaysia F1 race gets the Bullish ending it deserves

The German star looked gutted as he made an early exit from qualifying in Sepang

"We didn't go as far as we wanted but when it comes to performance and speed I think we're pretty happy", Raikkonen said.

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The championship battle between Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has provided a gripping narrative, however, even if Sunday's race stretched the former's lead to a hefty 34 points. Where the latter achieved the maximum in their favourite races, the red team did not enjoy the same fruits.

"So until that last flag, until I've actually got it sewn up, then that's what you've got to keep doing", said the Briton, who added that he will not be taking any unnecessary risks.

"It's not done until there's nothing more to push in".

"The attraction for the Malaysian fans is the problem, especially since 2014".

Hamilton has been able to capitalise on Vettel's misfortune, winning in Singapore and finishing second in Malaysia, even though Mercedes were only the third-quickest team on both occasions.

An opening lap crash at the last race in Singapore, where he had started on pole, cost him 25 points to Hamilton, who capitalised to win from fifth.

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"We have a number of places where we have great interest and new opportunities to continue to grow the sport".

Practice in Malaysia was going well for the four-time champion until engine trouble cropped up at the worst of times to deny him the chance to qualify for the race. We just have to do our best and we need to score much more than them. "It was just a very odd incident.Obviously the race wasn't going on so it wasn't intentional for either of us", said the eighth-placed finisher.

Few will need reminding that Hamilton has won the U.S. Grand Prix, a race yet to come, five times in the past six years and ended 2016 with four wins in a row.

The Sky Sports F1 pundit believes the Ferrari driver is at the top of his game, but insists he's also making life hard for himself by expressing a form of arrogance. However, Ferrari's better balance, and the increased performance at Red Bull, for whom Max Verstappen won in Malaysia, means Hamilton can not rest on his laurels.

"But it's cooler conditions, generally the hotter places we struggle a little bit more, so hopefully it'll bring it back more into our window".

Lewis Hamilton says he is "not comfortable at all" with his position in the championship despite a sizeable lead over rival Sebastian Vettel.

"The guys want to go one direction and I'm hesitant and more feeling for another way". A track penned by the late, great John Hugenholtz (who also designed Zandvoort in his native Holland) which features a massively challenging series of fast swoops and swerves in the first part of its 5.807 km lap, followed by tricky, big commitment corners and then fast curves, a hairpin that requires heavy braking, then a flat-out run to the once notorious 130R left-hander where none less than Michael Schumacher crashed heavily in 2001 before going out in his spare vehicle and lapping quicker still.

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