Engine trouble leaves Vettel at back of grid for Malaysian Grand Prix

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"I can see the rising demand among locals this year, compared to last few years because of the reduced ticket price and marketing by the organisers".

'Daniel was always known as a fast qualifier but I am faster by three or four tenths on average, ' he said. "I didn't make it hard for him".

"That's impossible", a stunned Vettel said. We went back to one auto trying one, one vehicle trying another.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner was furious.

"It's a nice circuit", he continued, "but the only thing you see is the airport, the hotel next to the airport and the circuit". "In my opinion this is not acceptable".

But Vettel said that he had not given the crash much thought since because it was just "part of racing".

The reigning GP2 champion replaces out-of-form Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso in Sepang as the 21-year-old Red Bull protege is put through his paces. "I just have to make sure that was the last time".

Talking about his post-race discussions with team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff, Hamilton said it was good to be able to address the issues head on. Hamilton, out of Turn 7, skidded sideways and then backward into the dirt. "We want to win the manufacturer's title as well", said Bottas, who was the team's new signing for the 2017 season.

"The vehicle seems to be unbalanced", Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. I need to take one session at a time.

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Malaysia gave Formula One a rousing send-off on Sunday with the country's last Grand Prix drawing its largest turnout in four years.

The event is among the most well-attended on the calendar, with some 135,000 spectators turning up on race day previous year, second only to Silverstone's 139,000.

Earlier, the first 30 minutes of the morning practice had been lost because of heavy rain. Drivers have raced in far worse conditions.

Ferrari had been looking strong, with Vettel ending Friday's opening day of practice fastest ahead of Raikkonen, before the Finn reversed the order in final practice on Saturday.Mercedes, on the other hand, had struggled.

Ferrari's Friday display and Mercedes' struggles will be welcomed by Vettel who trails Hamilton by 28 points in the overall standings with six races left.

Alonso was third, two seconds adrift of Verstappen as the Red Bulls proved untouchable in the wet.

Vettel and Hamilton were fifth and sixth respectively.

"There are definitely positives in terms of the actual result we got".

The Formula 4 South East Asia Championship issued a statement apologising "unreservedly" for the debacle when all nine cars were left stranded across the circuit after a miscalculation on how much fuel was needed. The race, which starts at 8am United Kingdom time, will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 on channel 406.

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