Lewis Hamilton off the pace in Malaysia after one of worst Fridays in memory

• Mercedes’ unbalanced car soon left in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari
• Team of F1 drivers’ championship leader have 12 hours to rectify situation

After elation at victory in the last round in Singapore that delivered a commanding 28-point lead in the world championship, Lewis Hamilton was adamant he was taking nothing for granted before the final six races. On early form in Malaysia, he was absolutely right to do so.

The season has ebbed and flowed between the British driver and his rival Sebastian Vettel, and in Sepang on Friday it was Hamilton who struggled with a car suffering from a “fundamental” problem. Mercedes have little time to turn it round before a difficult day in practice becomes a potentially disastrous weekend.

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Source: Formula 1

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