Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne makes organisational changes after 'ugly' Malaysia issues

Posted October 04, 2017

Hamilton said he had made his theories for how Mercedes could be more competitive at Suzuka clear to the team.

Ferrari had looked quickest in Sepang practice, but engine problems consigned Sebastian Vettel to the back of the grid and then eliminated front row qualifier Kimi Raikkonen before the start. "But we can't really say until we get there".

It was another terrific battle for positions in the midfield, with very strong work from Sergio Perez and his Force India team to turn a strong start - from ninth on the grid up to sixth in an early charge - into a sixth-placed finish. I'm surprised to be up here.

"Spain was a fairytale because the first time he jumped in the vehicle he won the race", said Horner.

"I met Lewis a few years ago when he called up our customer care asking in a very humble way to buy a special bike", said Giovanni Castiglioni, president of MV Agusta.

"There is a lot of work for us to do - but there's nothing we can do, it's the way the auto is".

"We can not get distracted by the fact we got lucky again". The higher revenues in the first six months of 2017 are largely thanks to the payment made to the Wantage-headquartered outfit by Mercedes for the release of Valtteri Bottas from his contract.

Vettel and Bottas both have 10 podium finishes this season.

The Englishman revealed his crew had worked until 2am on Saturday morning in a bid to rectify the issue. Monza and Silverstone come into my mind where we have blown everybody away. "If you're one second off the pace it's not nice and it definitely is stressful".

"It's disappointing for all of us but it's nothing we can change".

Bottas was only fifth, nearly seven tenths adrift of Hamilton.

"We are intervening now with organisational changes".

Vettel told Sky F1: "I went on the outside to pick up a bit of rubber - I think Lance wasn't looking and wanted to do the same". Mercedes had expected to be strong in Sepang but they had difficulty with their vehicle all weekend, leaving Hamilton expressing frustration at the "fundamental issues" that have caused its performances to vary according to conditions and from track to track.

Mercedes are slipping. Hamilton expected to win from pole but he didn't; he was trounced by Max Verstappen, celebrating his 20th birthday weekend with victory for Red Bull.

Red Bull was also quicker. It's great to see them performing so well and we want them to be closer. "The race is tomorrow not today".

Ferrari's other driver, Kimi Raikkonen, was not able to start because of a suspected turbo problem. We have seen a couple from Sebastian. I think we were the quickest auto for the majority of the race but we had to start from last.

Who will come out on top in Sepang? Race coverage starts at 6.30am on Sunday - with lights out at 8am.