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Sepang defeat shows Mercedes has 'work to do'

October 24 2017, 04:01 | Perry Erickson

Verstappen and Ricciardo get a little too confident by throwing the mixtures into the air

Verstappen and Ricciardo get a little too confident by throwing the mixtures into the air

I saw that Lewis lacked grip, so I used my battery a little more.The race went very well.

In Singapore, Vettel had started from pole only to crash on a rain-soaked first lap as Hamilton won from fifth on the grid to extend his championship lead.

Mercedes had struggled all weekend to make their vehicle work at Sepang, and despite starting and leading away from pole position, Hamilton was passed by Verstappen on lap 4 and eventually finished in second place, 13 seconds behind the Dutchman.

Despite being unable to seal an eighth win of the season, Hamilton still opened up his gap at the top of the Formula One championship over nearest rival Vettel.

The three-time champion, who won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, is now standing at the top of the drivers' championship after winnings six out of 13 races this year.

With teammate and championship contender Sebastian Vettel failing to set a time in qualifying after suffering with a turbo problem, Raikkonen seemed to be struck by an nearly identical problem on his way to the grid on Sunday. Here are the drivers we expect to contend for the win. "It is a fact that some races the vehicle has worked out to be better but overall globally we have not got the best auto and we have done an exceptional job with what we have".

Hamilton leads the World Championship rankings with 281 points, 34 points ahead of second-placed Vettel. I think we felt we would be in good shape. If Scuderia Ferrari and Vettel put together good drives for the next four races, it is more than possible for Vettel to win.

Verstappen has cut a frustrated figure throughout the season after suffering a spate of reliability failures - retiring from seven of the next 12 races following his podium in China - as well as getting caught up in a number of first-lap incidents. Vettel made a fantastic charge into fourth place after starting from the back row, finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas, but Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen couldn't start because of engine problems.

"Congratulations to Max, said Hamilton". We appreciate you guys having us and all the support you've given us.

Nonetheless, Vettel cut an upbeat figure over his chances of wrestling the title away from Hamilton, citing the pace displayed by Ferrari in recent races.

"I think the car's going very well but they tried to fix it and then obviously had some problem".



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