F1: Malaysian Grand Prix Hamilton on the Pole, Vettel at the Back
Saturday, MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton clinched Pole position at Sepang, while, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel suffered engine issues, putting him at the back of the grid for Sunday’s race.
There a bit of drama at the start of Q1 as Mr. Vettel was unable to set a time, meaning he was eliminated early and handed the initiative to his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who start in 2nd position, while Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen will be 3rd.
Mr. Hamilton currently leads Mr. Vettel in the world championship race by 28 points.
Earlier in the day, FP3 was dominated by Ferrari, with Mr. Raikkonen setting the fastest time ahead of Mr. Vettel, who’s engine broke down at the end of the session and could not be replaced in time for a qualifying run.
Having dominated the FP 1 & 2 Friday, Ferrari continued to look very good early Saturday.
In FP3, Mr. Raikkonen who topped the time-sheets ahead of team-mate Mr. Vettel, as his Ferrari broke down with engine issues.
The Scuderia had a replacement on hand, but would have to be used ahead of schedule
Mr. Hamilton was just 5th quickest in FP3, the mood in the Ferrari garage was very good, but that was before the Ferrari engine failed.
As 1st qualifying got under way, Mr. Vettel was poised to get out on track to set a time, but the engine did not sound healthy. The Ferrari did not move out on to the track, and with no time set, Mr. Vettel was set to the back of the grid in 20th position.
“It’s part of motor racing,” said Mr. Vettel. “It’s not ideal, especially on a day when you feel you have the right car. It’s a shame for us.”
Then MercedesAMG found its pace out on track, with Mr. Hamilton the fastest in Q1 and his team-mate Valterri Bottas quickest in Q2.
Elsewhere, there were few surprises in qualifying, as the usual suspects made their way into the Top-10 run out.
Mr. Hamilton in Q3 he produced a sensational lap of 1 min, 30.076 secs to best the competition, Mr. Raikkonen could only get to within 0.232 secs of the Mr. Hamilton.
Mr. Hamilton was unable to improve on his Q1 time, as Mr. Raikkonen did absolutely everything possible to beat Mr. Hamilton, and put in a super lap in response, but he by 0.045 secs.
Here are the standings from Saturday’s Qualifying and Final Practice
Sepang International Circuit
1 October 2017, Race Day
Circuit Length: 5.543 km (3.444 miles)
Race Distance: 310.408 km (192.879 miles)
Broadcast: NBCSN – 2:00a EDT (Pre-Race Show) / 3:00a EDT (Lights Out aka Start)
|NYSE:RACE||110.65||29 September 2017||0.62||110.03||110.91||109.92||200,529|
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Neutral (0.15)||Neutral (-0.08)||Neutral (0.06)||Bullish (0.46)|
Enjoy the racing.