Hamilton took pole in Malaysia, the failure of Vettel

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"I mean, considering [Vettel] started last it's not that great, to be honest", Hamilton said, referring to Vettel's stellar drive back to fourth.

"Formula One has become very big in Mexico so I think it's very good to have the race so close by", said Perez, who will be carrying stickers on his auto and helmet this weekend in tribute to victims of the natural disaster.

Vettel's engine had already been changed to a new one before qualifying after a similar gremlin in final practice Saturday - only for the new unit to fail.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix as title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled in his Mercedes.

The Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) race, a support event at the Petronas Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix, ground to an embarrassing halt at the Sepang Circuit today. "I've been struggling with the auto today, so we have to review and try to understand where we have gone wrong with the balance", said Hamilton.

Still, it was another bitter blow for Ferrari, after both cars crashed out of the Singapore GP two weeks ago.

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Vettel was only fifth quickest in the morning, four-tenths slower than Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. "We'll try to get further than 100 metres on Sunday", Raikkonen said.

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Ricciardo added: "I think Mercedes were quite heavy today".

"It's always a special thing when you're able to extract a little bit more out of the auto than it's probably willing to go". We went back to one auto trying one, one vehicle trying another.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who was sitting beside him during the press conference, sarcastically suggested to Raikkonen that he should "come back on holiday" to visit the airport.

Qualifying is on Saturday at 7am and 9am and the race starts on Sunday at 9am.

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"There's not much assessment necessary, we weren't happy but we move on. what's done is done".

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.

Meanwhile, the organiser of one of the support events apologised to spectators after every vehicle ran out of fuel and embarrassingly failed to complete the race.

Vettel has looked like giving Hamilton a run for his money for much of the season but recent results have left him lingering.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Sepang International Circuit for their hospitality and professionalism over the years, and their ongoing commitment to motorsport".

The Malaysian government announced the hard decision to drop the FI race in April, citing the difficulty to bear the high organising cost and declining number of spectators in recent years.

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