In Singapore, Vettel had started from pole only to crash on a rain-soaked first lap as Hamilton won from fifth on the grid to extend his championship lead.
Vettel left the Ferrari garage during the first stage of qualifying but was unable to set a time and complained over team radio that his turbo was not working.
Kuala Lumpur: Formula One is losing one of its toughest races with the departure of Malaysia from the calendar after this weekend's grand prix, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton said yesterday.
"I'm sorry for what happened to Sebastian but somehow we managed to turn it around and it is a real surprise to be up here with these guys. I think it's provided very good racing". "For sure it's not ideal, not what you want especially on a day where you feel you've got it in you, got it in the auto".
Ferrari had been looking strong, with Vettel ending Friday's opening day of practice fastest ahead of Raikkonen, before the Finn reversed the order in final practice on Saturday.Mercedes, on the other hand, had struggled.More news: AIR HORROR: Passenger jet engine DISINTEGRATES 38000 feet above Atlantic
"We have the whole race tomorrow to get back and we have to look at the positives that we have more tyres than everyone and we can maybe play with the strategy if it's a day where it could pay off to play with strategy", Vettel said.
The Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) race, a support event at the Petronas Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix, ground to an embarrassing halt at the Sepang Circuit today.
"Today we arrived and the auto was much better, but still I think it looked like the Ferraris were a little bit ahead". Additionally, the SF70H is a much stronger vehicle than Ferrari's 2015 offering was.
"It's a nice circuit", he continued, "but the only thing you see is the airport, the hotel next to the airport and the circuit".
"The lights went off, we did our start".
"The economics viability of it is less and less attractive, so we made a decision to terminate it", Najib said.
Verstappen impressed on his 20th birthday, with his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.
"I really want to improve and redeem myself because previous year we did not achieve a great result from my side here", he told reporters in a press conference at the Galeri Petronas, here, Tuesday.