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Formula 1 Racing Odds: Malaysian Grand Prix 9/29/17

30 September 2017

But Wolff knows how fast things can change as he referred to last year's Sepang race where Hamilton's engine failure saw the Briton lose his world title to teammate Nico Rosberg.

Although Vettel deserves huge credit for turning the Prancing Horse into a contender again, he owes them a big performance here, and Hamilton is bracing himself for a strong response.

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton was 2.5sec off the pace in sixth, behind Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who took advantage of a drying track to vault up the order in the closing stages. The champion will be the driver with the lowest score.

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One of those title-defining memories came here a year ago as Lewis Hamilton suffered an engine failure while leading the race.

The clock was not stopped, however, limiting drivers to just an hour of running time once practice got underway with plenty of fresh faces taking to the track for the session.

'I think there are opportunities all over, ' he said, when asked about sportsmen standing up for their rights.

Now the hunter rather than the hunted in the championship race, Vettel doesn't feel under any less pressure to produce results, choosing to focus on each of the six remaining Grands Prix one at a time.

He went to Singapore three points adrift of Hamilton, starting from pole at a track that suited the Ferrari, and would have expected to regain the title lead. We still have to do a good job to achieve it.

Kuala Lumpur: McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso has said that the upcoming Formula One World Championship race at the Malaysia Grand Prix would be more hard.

When he did re-emerge with 40 minutes of the session remaining his auto appeared still to be handling erratically, and his first timed lap was fully 1.4 seconds down on Vettel.

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

Fans, he said, weren't turning up because the show wasn't exciting enough to draw them in, and as such there was very little to compel the country to host an F1 race. It would also eliminate any leftover memories of his finish in Malaysia a year ago. We will see. I have a lot of races left, and I'm not too fussed about the amount of points. If you want to experience the full force of F1 2017 in the flesh and get as close to the action as possible, your best bet is to book a tour with F1 Experiences, the official ticket and tour provider for Formula 1.

If it is wet race, I am going to predict that Vettel will take the win and claw some points back from Hamilton, but incidents aside Lewis will be very happy to leave Malaysia with a podium - that would be a fabulous weekend of damage limitation for him and would see him retain a very healthy Championship lead.