Ferrari to make changes after engine failures

Ferrari to make changes after engine failures

The German, now 34 points behind Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton with five races remaining, was in a collision with Canadian Lance Stroll's Williams on the slowing-down lap."Stroll just drove into me".

However, despite enjoying a season-high advantage, Hamilton has insisted: "I'm not comfortable at all". And had the last two races been fantastic, you also would not look behind saying: 'Wow, that was a ball!' I always look ahead. that keeps up the concentration. "It's not done until there's no more to push in". Hamilton, a three-time victor in Japan, will be hoping for a better performance from his vehicle this week than in Malaysia.

The German, who only three races ago had led the overall standings, lost 25 points in Singapore after his crash from pole position allowed Hamilton through to win from fifth.

But Wolff said: "It was clear after just a few laps that both Red Bull and Ferrari had better cars than us but we nevertheless managed to score a good number of points and extend our lead in both championships".

Championship leader Hamilton added: "Considering the issues we did have with the auto this is a good result".

"But everybody else has improved too, so it's all about who has improved most and, for sure, in some circuits we'll be a bit faster than the other top teams, but I'm confident we'll be where we've been lately". However Hamilton was on course to win the 2016 Malaysian GP when Mercedez only race ending engine failure of 2016 forced him out and put a big dent on his chances of winning the F1 title.

The Englishman says some working practices will be changed from this weekend. "Each race is just really trying to understand more about the vehicle because there's constantly something new thrown in the mix, (that) can catch us off guard".

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In its own way, that was only what they will be seeking metaphorically to do to both Mercedes and Ferrari this weekend.

"I don't expect a completely different vehicle here, I'm hoping for a different type of performance from the auto but I'll find out when I get on track", added Hamilton.

Hamilton backed Mercedes to deliver in the cooler conditions in Japan but warned there could still be a twist in the title run-in.

Hamilton will not have to win another race if he triumphs on Sunday and Vettel finishes lower than second.

Autosportreports that the lack of cars finishing wasn't due to wrecks or other on-track issues, but rather a technicality: Two of the six F4 races at Sepang that weekend, all eight laps long, had to be run back to back on Saturday morning after the drain messed up the schedule.