Hamilton aims to attack Vettel's weaknesses

Ross Houston
September 29, 2017

The gap between the two is the biggest it has been all year and Hamilton will not need to win another race this year to clinch his fourth title if he triumphs on Sunday with Vettel lower than second.

The undulating 5.5-kilometer (3.4-mile) track - a mixture of long straights and quick, sweeping corners - is also one of the most challenging, and enjoyable, for drivers.

Despite his aggression, Hamilton is wary of Vettel's response - having witnessed a rash reaction from the German driver when he deliberately drove into him behind the safety vehicle in Azerbaijan - but is confident he can prepare accordingly ahead of the Sepang race.

The 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix is an early one for the fans in Britain, as the race will begin at 8am in the UK.

"I think the other races, I'm not sure I remember all of them, but 2013 obviously was a bit of a special one - which came with a bit of noise after the race - but still I think it was a good race". Many are sad that the Sepang International circuit is hosting its final race.

"If you look at the last two races, we're not happy and we're not proud of them", said Vettel, who has won four times in Malaysia. "It's a nice circuit but the only thing you see is the airport, the hotel next to the airport and the circuit, so you can choose from that what you're going to miss".

"But overall it doesn't change anything for how we tackle the last six races". How quickly he can recover from Singapore will tell us even more about his character, but also how realistic his chances are of leaving Abu Dhabi in November with a fifth world title to his name. First of all it's done, and second I think it was unfortunate for all three of us.

And while Ferrari pointed the finger at the Red Bull driver in the immediate aftermath, Verstappen believes Vettel was firmly to blame. Speaking to his motivation, Max seemed undeterred by his terrible luck lately: "I'm here, I always try to do well".

"I think it depends on the points you have at the end of the year".

When asked what he's looking for next season he was fairly succinct: "I want to be able to fight for the championship". It's not the first time I'm in the situation like this and probably will not be the last time - I'm not hoping for it to happen again!

Evidently someone did, with Vettel immediately responding with "I do!" before arranging for Verstappen to personally deliver a slice to his garage when the time comes.

What made matters worse for the 30-year-old was Hamilton's eventual victory during the night race.

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