Pierre Gasly to make F1 debut from P15 on Malaysia grid

Lawrence Cooper
October 1, 2017

" "So, it's a surprise to be up here, but I am very grateful."

"I'm sorry for what happened to Sebastian because obviously he was very quick through practice but somehow we turned it round".

"I really didn't think our auto was well suited to the track, but Lewis' problem opened the door and then I held off Max in the closing stages to take the win". "The vehicle felt good".

Vettel left the Ferrari garage during the first stage of qualifying but was unable to set a time and complained over team radio that his turbo was not working.

The German will start from the back of the grid tomorrow.

Bottas said after qualifying he regretted sticking with Mercedes' new-for-Malaysia aero updates following the team's disastrous Friday showing, while Hamilton reverted to the older specification overnight.

"We had such a hard day yesterday, it was hard to know where we stood", Hamilton said. Ferrari are strong, Mercedes are a bit unusual for now but I'm sure they'll get quicker tomorrow so we need to improve.

The German star looked gutted as he made an early exit from qualifying in Sepang
The German star looked gutted as he made an early exit from qualifying in Sepang

"We saved a lot of tyres, we can choose the strategy so there's lots of positives", he said. "It's more hard to be consistent and, in the very worst cases, you can develop cramps or even problems with your vision".

Mercedes enjoyed a huge surprise win in Singapore two weeks ago but going into Formula One's farewell grand prix in Malaysia this weekend, they are taking nothing for granted.

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Malaysian Grand Prix with a 28 point lead over his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel, after the Ferrari man crashed out on Lap 1 of the Singapore Grand Prix last time out.

Raikkonen became 5/2 second favourite after qualifying with Verstappen available at 8/1 for the win.

Despite missing out on what would have been his first pole position since May's Monaco Grand Prix by just 0.045s to Hamilton, Raikkonen says he was happy with his qualifying performance. "You always want to negotiate a deal when you're winning and leading the championship!" I didn't sleep well last night because we just didn't know if we would fix the issue. It happened, there's not much you can do, and therefore not much point in trying to look at it again and again. We went back to one vehicle trying one, one auto trying another.

The Red Bull of birthday boy Verstappen was third, nearly half a second behind Raikkonen.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo led Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, 20 on Saturday, in a one-two finish for the former champions. Both the Ferrari and Red Bull have far superior chassis designs than a Mercedes.

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