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Sebastian Vettel Will Bounce Back After Singapore Crash

Hamilton, Formula One's only black driver, backed the players and said he understands where the protesters are coming from.

The result in Singapore has put Hamilton in a strong position, especially as his Mercedes auto is expected to have a slight edge over the Ferrari at the next three races in Malaysia this weekend, Japan and the United States of America, before the balance tips more towards Ferrari for the final three events in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Without a troublesome gearbox, the Australian might even have challenged for the win.

However, Benson believes that even if F1 may not have had any significant lasting impact on Malaysia, aside from the fans who travel to Sepang year-in year-out and the TV audience it gained, "the same cannot necessarily be said the other way around".

Vettel, who has a record four wins at Sepang to Hamilton's one, scored his maiden triumph for Ferrari there in 2015 while team mate Kimi Raikkonen chalked up his first Formula One victory at the track in 2003 with McLaren. With weather switching from baking sunshine to a tropical rain storm at the flick of a switch - go and watch the 2001 race again for a prime example of this - the racing has more often than not been edge-of-your-seat viewing.

"We have allocated 5,400 tickets which have been distributed to local leaders".

Ricciardo has been looking particularly strong, with his second-place finish in Singapore earning him a seventh podium position in the past 10 races.

While Vettel's 18-race points-finishing streak ended in Singapore, Hamilton stretched his own personal run to 19 races with the Englishman now able to complete a full year's worth of race finishes at Sepang on Sunday. "We have been on the receiving end of those bad memories before".

Vettel said he "moved on" within two days of the incident. "Just that it has become more hard".

Red Bull cashed in on Hamilton's misfortune a year ago. "It just goes to show you never know what can happen".

The government, he said, was forking out $67 million annually to stage the race.

Fernando Alonso will be able to re-use the engine fitted for the Singapore Grand Prix after no terminal damage was found following the chaotic start. "Two numbers we looked at, spectators going to the track and TV ratings", said Razali.


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