Hamilton claims pole position in Malaysia as Vettel to start from last

Hamilton claims pole position in Malaysia as Vettel to start from last

"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.

"I'm sorry what happened to Sebastian but we somehow turned it around, it is a real surprise to be up here with these guys".

Vettel lost ground in the championship duel after crashing out at the start in Singapore last time out.

With Vettel at the back of the field, Raikkonen will lead Ferrari's charge after missing out on pole by a mere 0.045 seconds. Hamilton did not improve on his second, but Raikkonen could not improve enough to unseat him.

"But I can feel for Ferrari and I can feel for Sebastian because I know it's a hard situation".

"Tomorrow will be a long race and it will be tough on the tires but we have a good auto and a good feeling". "You are never going to make the flawless lap but it's a bit more painful when you get so close. That's what I've always enjoyed".

Lewis Hamilton has poured praise on Mercedes for turning around its set-up to produce front-running performance to storm to a 70 career Formula 1 pole position, while main title rival Sebastian Vettel starts from last place due to an engine problem before qualifying.

Wolff then added in the team principals' press conference: "It is certainly one of the worst Fridays I can remember". "He'd been driving well all weekend, very, very quick, between him and Kimi".

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"We just have to maximize every opportunity we get", Hamilton said, offering some sympathy to Vettel.

Verstappen, who bettered teammate Ricciardo for the 11th time in qualifying this season, said he was happy to bounce back after struggling with his car's balance in the last practice.

"As a team, we want to get maximum points out of any race with two cars and obviously for Seb we hope he's going to make a good recovery but it's not going to change my race". That was really why we ended up staying with it. The team is reviewing everything and we need to make sure we have the right parts for tomorrow.

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Australian Daniel Ricciardo were next, followed by Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes and Esteban Ocon in a Force India.

"So we're looking very carefully at the set-up and the configuration of the vehicle just to try and understand what's gone wrong".

"We have more tyres than everyone else, we can maybe do something with strategy".

"Of course, what happened was disappointing and it's hard to hide your frustration when you're the victim of someone else's incident", he recalled.

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