Ricciardo aims to double up at Malaysia GP

Ricciardo aims to double up at Malaysia GP”

With Hamilton 28 points clear after Vettel's Singapore crash and the duo set to start on opposite ends of the grid, Ricciardo - who qualified fourth, just behind Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen - expects the pole-sitter will be happy enough to simply add to his championship lead.

Hamilton's championship rival Sebastian Vettel was fifth quickest in 1:51.009, four-tenths slower than Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who enjoyed his maiden grand prix win at the Malaysian track back in 2003.

Both Mercedes drivers struggled and suffered spins in the session, Hamilton ending practice down in sixth, one place clear of the sister vehicle of Valtteri Bottas and nearly 1.5 seconds down on Vettel.

"It's always a bit more straight forward in the dry". Clearly it's great that the team is associated with a brand like Aston Martin, but how it will develop and what engines we will have in the future, I don't know.

"But it's Friday afternoon so things can change". "We got a bit better but it was the main area". "We have a good auto and it's up to us to make it work in all conditions". The last wet qualifying, in Monza, saw drivers wait for well in excess of an hour to get back out on the track following a red flag caused by Haas F1 Team's Romain Grosjean.

"Today's been OK and everything ran smoothly".

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen also admitted the Red Bulls had been impressive in the rain but suggested that Ferrari had not pushed too hard in the conditions, instead preserving rubber for potential wet weather later in the weekend.

It proved an astute decision as the final of his six completed laps propelled him up to third, but still two seconds adrift of Verstappen as the Red Bulls proved untouchable in the conditions.

"Up until a year ago I never actually had many good weekends here but getting the win changed my feelings about this place", he said. "Lap times don't mean much today, as obviously we don't know what everybody else was doing".

"I made some mistakes on a new set of tires but apart from that it was a pretty straightforward day".

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