Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mercedes boss Wolff says he feels for Ferrari and Vettel

Mercedes boss Wolff says he feels for Ferrari and Vettel

"I know the ambitions of the team, but it is not like I am going into this weekend thinking that I will go out on the track helping Lewis". The Haas and Sauber drivers made up the bottom four, with Gorsjean's mechanics facing a late night to put his vehicle back together ahead of final practice session on Saturday.

Asked to explain that contradiction, the Briton said in Malaysia: "Racing really gives me more pleasure than ever". I'm sorry for what happened to Sebastian and it is a real surprise to be up here with these guys. "Someone doesn't want me to win this year". "The auto felt good".

After Vettel initially suffered problems during Saturday's practice session, Ferrari's mechanics completed a speedy engine change with minutes to spare before the start of qualifying.

"The results in Singapore two weeks ago does not change anything in terms of how we approach the final six races, beginning with Malaysia here".

Vettel, who had looked a strong favourite for pole before his problems, said: "We have a very quick vehicle so we should be able to make up a lot of ground".

Power unit problems forced the German, who trails Hamilton by 28 points in the championship after crashing out on the opening lap of the last race in Singapore, back into the pits while he was on his first flying lap. "We'll try to get further than 100 metres on Sunday", Raikkonen said.

Lewis Hamilton said he was surprised to take pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix after a hard weekend. "You always want to negotiate a deal when you're winning and leading the championship!" "I don't know if it's legit or they are playing some games".

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"It is always a special thing when you are able to extract a little more out of the vehicle than it is willing to do".

We are now highly motivated and our target here is to finish first and second in the last race to be hosted by Malaysia. The Milton-Keynes squad have claimed four Kuala Lumpur wins and Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finished first and second last season.

The Australian sensed an opportunity on Sunday. "It is one of the worst Fridays I can remember", said Wolff.

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas will start fifth with the Force India of Esteban Ocon taking a surprise place alongside the Finn on the third row of the grid. He held a towel on his face for several moments and still seemed breathless before answering questions, his shoulders rising and falling slowly at one point as he took a long, deep breath.

"I've been struggling with the vehicle, so we have to review and try to understand where we have gone wrong with the balance".

Compatriot Fairuz Fauzy is the only other Malaysian to have appeared in a Grand Prix weekend - five times with Lotus in 2010, but in practice sessions only.

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