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"It's a real surprise to be up here with these guys, but I'm really grateful".

"I think at this moment in time we would be happy with that. The vehicle felt good".

Sebastian Vettel still had a smile on his face after qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday, as the German put on a fearless face despite the pain of the latest setback to strike his championship challenge. "Obviously we have nothing to lose if we start at the back of the grid tomorrow".

"They have been such great supporters and had great success and we hope we can bring home victory this weekend", said the two-time world champion with Mercedes AMG Petronas in 2014 and 2015. Ferrari are strong, Mercedes are a bit unusual for now but I'm sure they'll get quicker tomorrow so we need to improve.

"Today we arrived and the auto was much better, still it looked like the Ferraris were a bit ahead".

"If it happened tomorrow it would be more of a problem".

Haas lost P7 in the standings to Renault two weeks ago in Singapore, and Steiner believes recovering this place should be the main target through the final six races of the season.

This could strike another serious blow to his world championship challenge, after losing his points lead to Hamilton after crashing out on lap one last time out in Singapore.

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Raikkonen became 5/2 second favourite after qualifying with Verstappen available at 8/1 for the win. "We'll try to get further than 100 metres on Sunday", Raikkonen said.

Hamilton won four of the five races after Malaysia past year but it was still not enough to stop team mate Nico Rosberg taking the title.

"It's a bit more painful when you get that close", the softly spoken Finnish driver said. We went back to one vehicle trying one, one auto trying another. The two Red Bulls set the pace as lap times tumbled towards the end as the track dried and drivers switched to intermediate tyres.

Max Verstappen, who is celebrating his 20th birthday on Saturday, came in third, reports Xinhua news agency. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:30.595 5.

"I don't think it's the upgrade issue", Wolff told Sky F1.

Singapore offered some respite, since it was a night race, but this one is raced in afternoon heat with 80 per cent humidity.

The Formula 4 South East Asia Championship issued a statement apologising "unreservedly" for the debacle when all nine cars were left stranded across the circuit after a miscalculation on how much fuel was needed. Sunday's race will also be Malaysia's last.

The inaugural race in Malaysia heralded a new dawn for F1 to enter previously untapped markets.

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