"For sure, it's not ideal, it's not what we want, especially on a day where you feel that you've got it in you, you've got it in the vehicle but we won't be able to prove that". "We guarantee that we will be fighting right to the final corner of the very last grand prix of the year", Ferrari team chief Maurizio Arrivabene said. However, it is the fifth race out of the last six where the former has been edged out by the latter in qualifying, with a gap of 0.5 seconds or more.
"Sepang will be more hard for us in terms of set-up since the straights require good speed and power, but this track is a mixture of a lot of different characteristics, so we'll see how much we can make up on the lower-speed corners", Alonso said in a statement.
Speaking to Sky Sports television, Wolff said the team had struggled from the start and in both wet and dry conditions with a temperamental auto he has previously described as being a bit of a "diva".
Max Verstappen celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday by once again outqualifying teammate Daniel Ricciardo as the Red Bull pair complete row two, just ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes who starts fifth.
Vettel's time of one minute 31.261, the fastest ever around the 5.5-kilometer Sepang track, was set in the second 90-minute session in the afternoon, which was brought to an early halt after a loose drain cover caused a heavy crash for Romain Grosjean.
"It's been a very hard day", sighed Lewis Hamilton.
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"We need to see now what the problem was".
Meanwhile, Mercedes endured what their head of motorsport Toto Wolff labelled "one of the worst Fridays I can remember" as Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas struggled. "We'll try to get further than 100 metres on Sunday", Raikkonen said. "I was like, 's**t!'" said Hamilton. Sure he will be good tomorrow.
Stevenage-born Hamilton added: "I had a great group of people who were in front of my garage today all day long, sending really positive energy".
"I didn't know if there was something wrong, if I was on the wrong setting". If Ricciardo were to win in Malaysia, it would snap a three-month winless streak for Red Bull Racing, as the team's last win came on Sunday, June 25th when Ricciardo won at Azerbaijan in a controversial race that may end up weighing heavily into the title tilt.
Vettel admitted it is likely he will take new power unit components, as any grid penalty will be redundant. Watch the Malaysia GP live on Sky Sports F1.
'It's not ideal, not what you want when you think you've got it in you.