Sebastian Vettel: Singapore clash won't change my mindset

Friday, 29 Sep, 2017

Lewis Hamilton says he's targeting Sebastian Vettel " s "weak spots' in his charge to the 2017 Formula 1 world title but is wary for the Ferrari driver's reaction at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Briton's march to the top of the podium was held up several times by a safety auto in an action-packed race, but the Mercedes driver now leads the standings by 28 points.

"I think it's going to be very close in the next races", said Hamilton, who has won every grand prix since the mid-season break, after celebrating his 60th career victory.

"I don't think it's necessary to discuss", Vettel said in Thursday press conference, the first time since the Singapore TV pen interviews that he had faced the media since.

"Obviously it's never good to be behind, we'd like to be in front, but we're not, so we've got to take it from there". "It was obviously an unusual one and I did go into that race that morning knowing about the difficulty of overtaking at that circuit, but then knowing that things do happen at that race".

"When you arrive on weekends knowing reliability has been as good as it is it's a great feeling, but then also there's in the back of your mind anything can happen", he added.

The Brit is now 28 points ahead of his Ferrari rival and looks odds on to clinch his fourth world title.

"I would rather not be a little bit behind, but overall it doesn't change anything for how you tackle the last six races from here".

Although the current contract at the Sepang circuit wasn't due to expire until next season, the Malaysian Government has already announced that this will be the last race there due to declining ticket sales, viewers and tourism.

"Looking at the upcoming tracks, it might be tricky at some, but I'm positive we can hold it".

18 years later, F1 has visited Bahrain, China, Singapore, Korea and Abu Dhabi, gaining a real foothold in the region that even the loss of Malaysia should not dent too badly. There's still a lot of very nice memories coming up, I'm thinking about that day, and how the race happened, what happened after the race.

Verstappen, who was sandwiched between the two Ferraris, was reluctant to talk about the crash.

"With a collision at the start like that, I think we all three... after the race, we had to face the stewards".

"Firstly, I don't know how he has taken it, the mistake in the last race, and I don't know how he's reflected up it".