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Lewis Hamilton: 'Formula 1 losing toughest race on calendar'

Lewis Hamilton: 'Formula 1 losing toughest race on calendar'

Without a troublesome gearbox, the Australian might even have challenged for the win.

"But again, I've not really thought about it".

"Looking at the upcoming tracks, it might be tricky at some, but I'm positive we can hold it". "I don't have the greatest understanding of it and I absolutely hate politics".

Hamilton and Vettel were non-finishers in Malaysia last season as Red Bull clinched a 1-2 with Daniel Ricciardo holding off Max Verstappen.

Vettel may have spun eventual world champion Nico Rosberg around at the start, putting himself out of the race instantly, but Malaysia 2016 will be remembered only for one particular soundbite - Hamilton crying "Oh no, no" as his engine let go while he had a commanding lead.

"We have allocated 5,400 tickets which have been distributed to local leaders". "It is sad to think this is our last race at Sepang". It ended up really bad for all three of us and that was it.

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene vowed to keep the pressure on Mercedes.

"It doesn't mean that the battle is all over, just that it has become more hard".

Vettel will look to strike back on a track where alongside Schumacher he has the best record of any driver, with four victories.

With just six of the 20 rounds remaining, the gap between Hamilton and Vettel - who had led until only two races ago - is the biggest it has been so far in an otherwise hard-fought season.

Vettel could use a helping hand from Red Bull now.

"My victory previous year was definitely unexpected", said Ricciardo this week.

"I just need to go step by step".

Time waits for no man - or circuit - in the fast-moving world of Formula 1 and, with the Malaysian government deciding to pull its funding of the event, one of the standout racing venues on the calendar will disappear into the history books.

"Anything can happen, I certainly hope [we can hold onto fifth]", said Stroll.

"At the end of the day, hosting Formula One is about promoting the country as a global destination and if the numbers are not there, the investment is not justified".

"Honestly, at the end of the season rather than blame it on things like the reliability issue - for sure if that didn't happened we would have been in a different position - if I hadn't lost the positions I lost at the start of races it would have been the same", he said.

Lewis Hamilton won a chaotic and rain-hit Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.