Vettel 'not too worried' about Ferrari's reliability

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Vettel, meanwhile, crashed out in Singapore and took both Verstappen and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen with him, and was only fourth on Sunday.

That however, was not how events were meant to transpire for Ferrari and in particular Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari's two drivers, however, are calling for calm.

"I went on the outside to pick up a bit of rubber", said Vettel. Vettel had looked on course to bounce back in Malaysia as Mercedes started the weekend on the back-foot, but engine trouble in qualifying forced the German to start from the back of the Sepang grid.

Any way back for German?

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne is not happy after watching the Italian team suffer a second disastrous Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.

If the gearbox had been damaged then a change of unit would have automatically triggered a five-place grid penalty against Vettel at Suzuka.

Starting from the back in Malaysia last time out, Sebastian Vettel had every reason to fear the worst.

Perhaps sensing that the new Ferrari engine had maxed out for the race and that pushing harder for a podium position could end up disastrously, Vettel was advised to hold back.

That is a word Ferrari will have spent the past month gnashing their teeth over.

As if Ferrari's luck could not get any worse, Williams driver Lance Stroll later smashed into the side of Vettel's vehicle on the warm-down lap, cutting it nearly in half.

Verstappen maintained his lead to take the chequered flag with Hamilton grabbing 18 points in second position.

Lewis Hamilton is looking to hit back from his defeat in Malaysia at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, scene of a weird "Snapchat" row that overshadowed last year's race.

"I didn't approach the race thinking "he's last, I'm going to get a free race", Hamilton explained.

"I noticed it on the way to the grid, it came out of nowhere", Raikkonen told reporters, adding that he did not yet know the cause of the problem. "So I'm not too anxious to be honest, but we need to get on top of the problems that we have".

The team are hoping to sort it out before this weekend's race in Japan. I have no idea where it will be an issue and where it will be fine.

Verstappen has endured a trying season as he leaves the uncertainty of teenage-hood and enters racing maturity.

The British racer could not live with the pace of race victor, Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Red Bull sits a distant third, and yet Christian Horner was delighted and relaxed on Sunday evening, having presided over a dominant second win of the year.

"But we really need make sure we rectify them for next year's auto if we're going to have any chance of fighting both these teams next year when they step up their game", added the Briton.

Verstappen is still green as green on the tarmac; a raw talent.

Sergio Perez was struck down with a virus in Malaysia but somehow managed the nearly superhuman effort of finishing sixth for Force India in the most physically demanding Grand Prix on the calendar. "It was more entertaining, the first couple of laps in particular".

The Japanese Grand Prix takes place between 6-8 October.
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