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Track Torque: Ferrari look to fight back

01 October 2017

Particularly the Red Bulls had good long run pace yesterday and today I think so, I'm hoping our vehicle has moved in the right direction for also the race run but we'll see tomorrow. "The lap time today showed that we are not quick enough", he told reporters.

Although Hamilton pipped Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to pole, his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas will start only fifth on the grid. Ferrari, meanwhile locked out the top of the timesheets with Vettel leading Raikkonen.

The team ran them on Friday but then split the cars in Saturday practice to compare them, Hamilton taking the old parts and Bottas the new.

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"I think we have a very quick vehicle this weekend so we should be able to make up a lot of ground", said the record four-times Malaysia victor, who consoled his heartbroken mechanics after getting out of his auto. We need to find out overnight what it is.

Neither Vettel nor Hamilton have fond memories of a year ago, however with both failing to finish the race as Red Bull clinched a 1-2 with Ricciardo holding off Max Verstappen.

Vettel's time of one minute 31.261, the fastest ever around the 5.5-kilometer Sepang track, was set in the second 90-minute session in the afternoon, which was brought to an early halt after a loose drain cover caused a heavy crash for Romain Grosjean. I also had a bit of an off in FP2 that cost us some time, we lost a few laps because of that.

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Explaining the problem in further detail, Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene said that the problem was "the airflow connecting the engine to the turbo", while Ferrari spokesman Alberto Antonini added: "It seems when he was out on his preparation lap he didn't feel the right amount of power in the engine".

He added: "We had such a hard day (on Friday) and it was hard to know where we stood". "Fridays are when you play around and try some things", Vettel said. Everyone was trying to do his start and with the way it happened, it ended up really bad for all of us.

Despite struggling for pace in the practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton delivered when it mattered as he secured his 70th career pole position in qualifying at the Petronas Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix today.

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"It's been a decent day", said Vettel. Sure he will be good tomorrow. The two Red Bulls set the pace as lap times tumbled towards the end as the track dried and drivers switched to intermediate tyres. Watch the Malaysia GP live on Sky Sports F1.

"It's painful when you get that close", said Raikkonen. Race coverage starts at 6.30am on Sunday - with lights out at 8am.

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Track Torque: Ferrari look to fight back